A caregiver was arrested Friday in connection to an incident earlier this year in which police say she beat a disabled patient in College Station with a broom.

According to College Station police, authorities responded to a home in March, and the mother of a nonverbal disabled man told officers she believed her son had been hurt by one of his caregivers. Police spoke with one caregiver, who said she had noticed the injuries while giving the man a bath.

The man’s night caregiver, Tiffany Lannette West, 30, of Bryan, reported to her employer that she had been forced to restrain the man a few days earlier, a report notes. Officers spoke with West after seeing several bruises on the man that did not appear consistent with restraint.

According to authorities, a witness said the man was hit with a broom, and a broom with a broken handle was located in the trash outside the home.

West is charged with injury to a disabled person with intentional bodily injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. She was released from the Brazos County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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