Former house care employee sentenced to 23 years for assaulting teenage particular wants affected person

Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw said a former home nurse was sentenced to 23 years in prison for assaulting a teenage special needs patient in 2020.

Edmondo DiPaolo, 36, of Pemberton, earlier this year pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of endangering the well-being of a child, both second-degree offenses, prosecutors said.

DiPaolo was employed by Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services at the time and worked for seven months as a caregiver for a severely developmentally disabled girl at her family’s home in Southampton, officials said.

The then 16-year-old patient suffered from a neurological disorder. She was immobile, speechless, partially blind and receiving food and medicine through tubes, authorities said.

State police launched an investigation when the family reported discovering an injury to her leg, officials said.

Investigators determined that DiPaolo fractured her femur while changing her diaper and forced water and a stuffed animal into the mouth of the patient, who was unable to swallow due to her condition, prosecutors said.

The victim has since died from causes unrelated to the abuse, authorities said. Last year, a director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services said DiPaolo hadn’t been an employee there “in a long time” but didn’t comment further.

DiPaolo will serve his sentence at New Jersey State Penitentiary in Trenton.

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