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Woman accused of abuse at Longmont assisted-living facility

BOULDER, Colo. -- Accusations of abuse at an assisted living facility in Longmont have led to an arrest.

Michelle Chambers, 39, appeared in court on Monday to face charges of menacing, harassment, negligence, assault and neglect of an at-risk adult.

Her alleged victims include dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

The Firestone woman worked at Life Care Center of Longmont as a certified nursing assistant.

The arrest affidavit says the director of the facility received an anonymous note under his door alleging that Chambers hit residents and put soiled underwear in their faces.

She’s also accused of cursing at patients and threatening them.

“At Life Care Center of Longmont, the safety and well-being of our residents is our highest priority," Life Care Center of Longmont executive director Steven DeBelle said in a statement.

"It was recently brought to our attention that one of our employees was allegedly mistreating residents. We immediately suspended the employee, began an internal investigation and contacted local authorities. Allegations of this nature are taken very seriously, and this employee was subsequently terminated.

"We continue to work with local authorities and have also reported this individual to the Board of Nursing. Due to HIPAA regulations, and out of respect for residents’ privacy, we cannot provide any further information.

Life Care Center of Longmont remains focused on providing quality care to our patients and residents."

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