18 06 2008

Police: Spilled salad led O.D. Heck aide to assault client

Two others aides charged with not intervening

June 17, 2008

by J. Jude Hazard

Daily Gazette Reporter

Schenectady, N. Y.


Mechanicville β€” The O.D. Heck Developmental Facility aide accused of assaulting a developmentally disabled client outside a McDonald’s restaurant earlier this month has been charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.

Christina Brandon, 46, of 482 5th Ave., Troy, voluntarily appeared in City Court this afternoon to face the charges. She is accused of punching a female patient in the upper right side of her chest after the patient spilled her food as aides and clients sat in a van outside the restaurant on June 5.

The punch caused a purple-colored bruise, according to court records.

A witness statement given to police claims Brandon was heard yelling at the victim, “You spilled my [expletive] salad.”

Two of the aides present for the alleged assault and who police said failed to intervene, Natalie Richardson, 49, of 25 Swan St., Schenectady, and Dranae Washington, 37, of 227 Elm St., Schenectady, were charged today with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.

Police have not yet been able to contact the fourth aide present during the incident, Sharon Butler. Mechanicville Police Chief Joseph Waldron said he does not believe Butler is attempting to evade police.

The attorney representing Brandon, Sanford Finkel, declined comment after today’s court appearance. Glen Brownell, the attorney for Washington, also declined comment. Richardson appeared without an attorney and was unavailable for comment.

All three women were processed and released without bail. Their next court appearances are scheduled for July 1.




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