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Bourbonnais Woman accused of Criminal Abuse of a Disabled Person.

A hearing has been set for a woman who is accused of hitting a disabled man with a shoe. Aleyamma Kurien, 63, of Bourbonnais is accused of hitting the Shapiro Developmental Center resident with a shoe and has been charged with one count of criminal abuse of a disabled person in connection with the alleged April 14th altercation. 

 Kurien has pleaded not guilty to the charge. Marshall Dusenbury, Kurien’s lawyer, has requested a jury trial for his client.  The next hearing for Kurien will be held in September 2010. Kurien has worked at Shapiro in the past as a caregiver although First Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Dickenson declined to comment if Kurien was working for Shapiro at the time of the alleged incident.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a new nursing home safety reform bill on July 29, 2010 in response to a growing awareness of nursing home abuse. One of the provisions to help nursing home residents is to add more safeguards including additional nursing home inspectors. If you or a loved one has been affected by nursing home abuse, contact Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to discuss your legal options.