ROOSEVELT, NY (WCBS 880) – Authorities are investigating a disturbing incident involving a blind 50-year-old wheelchair-bound patient and an employee at the United Cerebral Palsy Center in Roosevelt.
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Gregory Richardson, 21, lowered the back of the wheelchair the patient was in and started bouncing it around, saying it was “like a roller coaster ride,” Nassau County police Lt. Kevin Smith said.
“The victim appeared to bite himself, maybe in a frantic manner,” said Smith. “We have a man who is 50 years of age who has a mental and physical disabilities virtually his whole life.”READ MORE: Join Us For Our Candidate Conversation With Jack Ciattarelli Tonight At 7 p.m. On CBSN New York
Smith said the attendant made the patient fear for his safety.
Richardson has been charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.
“[It’s] a law that was put in effect so that people who can’t defend themselves, action can be taken against people who abuse them,” Smith told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.MORE NEWS: Parents Demand Action After 5 Guns Confiscated At NYC Schools In 2 Days
Police said Richardson had taunted the victim in the same way at least one other time.