Dayton woman accused of elderly patient abuse to appear for final pretrial hearing

Dayton woman accused of elderly patient abuse to appear

DAYTON — A Dayton woman is scheduled to appear for a final pretrial hearing on charges of abusing a 90-year-old woman in her care, according to court documents.

The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office said in a release that Dikki Crane, 43, was working at The Sanctuary at Wilmington Place nursing home in Dayton when the alleged abuse took place.

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According to the release, Crane is being charged in relation to an April 2018 incident where they said Crane told a 90-year-old woman to get out of bed.

When the woman could not by the time she returned, prosecutors said Crane first yelled at her and jerked the woman to a sitting position by her arms, and a short time later when the woman was still in bed, violently jerked her to a standing position, giving the woman neck pain and large bruises on her forearms.

“Abusing senior citizens, some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community, is bad enough, but when the abuser is employed specifically to care for the elderly, it is especially troubling,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said. “We take these allegations very seriously, and we will hold abusers accountable. We all need to protect the elders in our community and keep them safe.”

Crane was indicted on one count of patient abuse, to which she pleaded not guilty.