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Hospital Employee in Dover Allegedly Repeatedly Punched and Stomped On 12-Year-Old Patient

A hospital employee in the Town of Dover was charged with child abuse and abuse of a patient after she stomped and punched a 12-year-old patient.

According to the criminal complaint, a caretaker at Lakeview Specialty Hospital heard a 12-year-old patient calling for help.

Lakeview Specialty Hospital provides care to neurologically impaired individuals.

The caretaker told police she found that odd because the patient was having one-on-one time with Laura Bahena.

When the caretaker walked into the room Bahena was stomping and punching the patient who was hiding under a sleeping bag on a mattress on the floor.

She observed Bahena stomp on and punch the patient in the head multiple times.

She then observed her drag the patient across the room on the mattress and continued to hit her.

The patient has cognitive delays and functions as a 10-year-old.

The girl told police the assault caused her a pain rating of 10 out of 10.

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