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Nursing home worker avoids prison for abuse

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A nursing home worker who was caught on a hidden camera abusing an elderly resident was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication.

Maria Acosta pleaded guilty in September for the assault case involving 83-year-old Mynez Carter.

Carter's family put a hidden camera in her room because they found unexplained bruises on her body and noticed her acting fearful, dodging away from anyone who tried to embrace her. The video showed Acosta roughing her up.

Carter passed away last December after she was moved to another facility.

In court on Thursday, her daughter testified and tearfully recounted discovering the abuse. She asked why anyone would abuse a helpless elderly woman who couldn't defend herself.

Acosta explained she was working two jobs at the time and was under a lot of stress as a single mother.

"I don't have an explanation. I'm ashamed," she said.

She apologized to the victim's family.

Although prosecutors had hoped she would see the maximum 10 years behind bars, Acosta will only go to prison if she violates the terms of her deferred adjudication agreement.

She will serve the next 90 weekend days in the county jail and will likely have to complete an anger management course.

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