Police investigate alleged assault of 80-year-old Josephine Rodriguez in Paterson nursing home

An elderly woman is recovering from injuries she says she suffered at the hands of a nurse at a Paterson health care facility. Paterson police

Paterson police say they are investigating whether 80-year-old Josephine Rodriguez is a victim of assault.

Paterson police say they are investigating whether 80-year-old Josephine Rodriguez is a victim of assault. (8/16/13)

PATERSON - An elderly woman is recovering from injuries she says she suffered at the hands of a nurse at a Paterson health care facility.

Paterson police say they are investigating whether 80-year-old Josephine Rodriguez is a victim of assault. Rodriguez, four months removed from heart surgery, claims 53-year-old Leide Etienne assaulted her early Tuesday morning after she had repeatedly requested medication.

"As I was falling half asleep, she grabbed me by the hair, threw me on the floor and left me there and walked out," says Rodriguez.

Etienne was questioned by police and has been suspended from Alaris Health pending an investigation. The family says this isn't the first time Rodriguez has been assaulted by Etienne.

News 12 New Jersey spoke to Etienne on Friday. She denies ever hurting Rodriguez.

Charges have not yet been filed, but Paterson police says they are "certainly possible."

Rodriguez has lived at the facility for nine years. Etienne has been a nurse there for the last six.

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