Photos provided by Sexton’s family showed bruising down both sides of his face. Medical reports indicated bones around his eyes were broken.
In a statement to police, Rice said that Sexton became combative and was swinging wildly at her, and that she back-handed him to protect herself.
Rice was fired that same day, according to the state report.
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“I am so sorry because he didn’t deserve that,” Rice’s statement read. “I was overworked and tired and made a mistake.” She also said she “didn’t mean to hurt him at all” and that she’s “not a monster.”
Her statement later was changed to say she hit Sexton twice with a closed fist, according to an ODH document.
Sexton died two months after the incident. He was 82 years old.
A previous statement from Sexton’s family said they believe the incident contributed to his death.
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“That the trauma of this and moving him — he had to be hospitalized and moved to a different center — he just went downhill rapidly,” said Craig Matthews, an attorney for the family.
An ODH Deficiency Report filed March 22 found that Wood Glen “failed to ensure a resident was free from staff to resident physical abuse during the provision of care.”