A nursing assistant was arrested after officials determined he purposefully broke the leg of a 98-year-old woman in his care, leading to the woman's death, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Hakim Ogunkunle, 43, was charged on Thursday after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation alleged that he broke Edna Warren’s leg while he was treating her at the Newnan Health and Rehabilitation center, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said to AJC.
“Warren was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery but died during the procedure,” Miles said.
Ogunkunle apparently came under suspicion due the intensity of Warren's injury.
“He gave a preliminary statement about what occurred and it did not match the severity of the injury,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Bahan Rich to WSB-TV.
“This case is just one example of if the case doesn’t get reported, there’s a great chance this person can continue to perpetuate these crimes. That is something that cannot be tolerated,” Miles said.
An autopsy is currently being conducted to determine if Warren suffered additional injuries.
Ogunkunle was charged with aggravated battery and exploitation and intimidation of an elderly person.