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Former Kane center nurse found guilty of harassment

| Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

A district judge today convicted a former Kane Regional Center nurse of harassment and fined her $300 for her role in the abuse of a 94-year-old resident.

Mary Ann Bower, 57, of Munhall flicked water in the face of Thelma Bryant, a dementia patient at Kane's Glen Hazel facility, according to testimony from current employees during a hearing before Squirrel hill District Judge James Hanley.

Bower supervised the night shift, but did not stop or reprimand several other nursing assistants who face trial on more serious charges of hitting and stomping on Bryant, Kane officials have said.

Bower did not testify during the hearing. Her lawyer declined comment.

She faces the potential of losing her nursing certification, pending an ongoing state investigation.

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