Former nursing center employee accused of spraying Germ-X on Alzheimer’s patient
BERLIN – A man who used to work for a Somerset County nursing home is facing charges after he told police that he sprayed Germ-X hand sanitizer on an older male patient with Alzheimer’s who was in a wheelchair.
Robert Morris Seifert, 28, of Brubaker Street, was charged Thursday with neglect of a care-dependent person, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.
A preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on May 25.
The Meadow View Nursing Center released a statement Friday regarding the incident and said that Seifert is no longer employed there.
“The facility followed state and federal regulations regarding the reporting of abuse, as well as the facility policies and procedures on abuse and provided care to the resident,” the statement said.
“We have cooperated with the authorities’ investigation. The employee is no longer employed at Meadow View Nursing.”
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Seifert was the caregiver for the victim April 2 at Meadow View.
Police said Seifert squirted the Germ-X on the man because he enjoys “agitating” him.
The victim’s shirt was saturated with Germ-X, the complaint said.
A registered nurse at the center told police that if the Germ-X was squirted into the victim’s eyes, nose or mouth, it could have caused serious injuries.
Police said Seifert could be seen laughing on surveillance video after the incident.
Police said the victim was non-verbal and not able to communicate like a typical adult.