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Social worker charged with knocking down Orchard Park nursing home resident

A social worker at an Orchard Park nursing home has been charged by the State Attorney General’s Office for allegedly pushing a 68-year-old female resident to the ground.

Susan Sanborn, 55, of Cheektowaga, was employed by Absolut Care when she was seen on video surveillance knocking the resident down and using her foot to push the resident’s legs so that a door could close and she could leave the unit, the Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

The nursing home resident, who suffers from the effects of a brain injury and seizures, has a high risk for falls and in incapable of caring for herself, authorities said.

Sanborn was charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a felony charge, and wilful violation of health laws, a misdemeanor.

Sanborn pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Orchard Park Town Court. She could face up to four years in prison if found guilty.