Amber Osage: Police Say Cranky Caretaker Repeatedly Slugs Paralyzed Patient
According to police in Nacogdoches, Amber Osage didn't like it when her fellow in-home caretaker and the quadriplegic man they were looking after woke her up. When they asked her to help move him to his bed, she refused, and so the man ordered her to leave his house.
Amber Hope Osage had other plans. According to an arrest affidavit reported by KTRE, the 29-year-old responded to that command by instead going up to the quadriplegic man and slugging him in the face. She then left the room, came back and punched him some more before leaving again.
And then hell, three's a charm, right? Osage is alleged to have come back yet again for more of her cruel brand of one-sided fisticuffs.
But like we said -- she did have her reasons. She was off the clock and asleep. Who among us would not repeatedly punch the face of someone who woke us up and asked us to do something as strenuous as moving a paralyzed man into his bed? I mean come on -- especially if that person was utterly incapable of either fighting back or even defending himself. It's a no-brainer. Amirite?
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Unfortunately for Osage, Nacogdoches cops don't agree, and she has been charged with injury of disabled person.
After glancing at her lengthy criminal record, one wonders how she ever got this gig at all. In 2000 she pleaded guilty to assault/bodily injury in a plea-bargain from the original charge of aggravated robbery. After a second assault, her probation would later be revoked and she would do ten months in jail. Criminal mischief would land her another stay in the pokey a few years later.
While's she's no Aileen Wuornos, she's certainly no Florence Nightingale either. In fact, you might say this woman puts the "ake" in caretaker.
If convicted, Osage could be looking at a serious stretch behind bars. Injury to a disabled person is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
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