Judge sends former Tennessee nursing aide to jail

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Jonesborough has sentenced a former certified nursing assistant to jail time in a patient abuse case.

Amanda Tibble of Jonesborough worked at the John M. Reed Nursing Home in Limestone when she was accused in January 2010 of physically, verbally and emotionally abusing elderly patients, according to The Johnson City Press.

Tibble was fired when the allegations surfaced and pleaded guilty in September to two counts of willful abuse or neglect of an adult. She entered no contest pleas to two other counts.

In court Tuesday, Tibble told Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp she had anger management problems.

Cupp also heard testimony from the daughter and granddaughter of Anza Hall, who was 89 years old when the abuse came to light.

Marcella Hall and her daughter, Carla Anderson, both said Anza Hall told them about how she was treated but cautioned them, "Don't make them mad, they'll be mean to me."

The plea agreement gave Cupp the latitude to grant probation, but he sent Tibble to jail for 15 months. Cupp later said Tibble's testimony wasn't credible, according to the newspaper.

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