Appeals court overturns adult abuse case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The name of an adult care worker in eastern Iowa will be removed from the state’s dependent adult abuse registry after the Iowa Court of Appeals concluded the state failed to prove the worker engaged in a negligent act.

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals had found Meria Burrage committed dependent adult abuse on a 95-year-old woman who had called for help. The woman complained that Burrage grabbed her arm causing a large bruise.

A Scott County judge in Davenport upheld the agency’s finding and Burrage appealed.

The Appeals Court in its ruling Wednesday says facts do not support a negligent act and ordered her name removed from the dependent abuse registry.

An Iowa Attorney General’s office spokesman says the state is reviewing the decision and considering options.

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