18-year-old nursing assistant in N.H. accused of covering 92-year-old patient’s mouth

Samantha Siegel, of Portsmouth, has been charged with simple assault for the July 8 incident at St. Ann's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Samantha Siegel. –Dover police

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have charged a nursing assistant with simple assault, accused of covering the mouth of a 92-year-old patient at a nursing center.

Eighteen-year-old Samantha Siegel, of Portsmouth, turned herself in at the Dover police station Monday night.

Police say on July 8 she “knowingly caused unprivileged physical contact” with the female patient at St. Ann’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Siegel was employed by St. Ann’s as a licensed nursing assistant at the time.

Siegel was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Dover on Oct. 15. It wasn’t immediately known if she had a lawyer; a message was left at a phone number.