Austin nurse allegedly caught on camera injuring 12-year-old boy with disabilities
AUSTIN, Texas —
An Austin man has been charged with injury to a child after allegedly striking a 12-year-old boy with disabilities in the cheek.
The Austin Police Department found out about the allegations through a CPS referral filed last June. The incident took place on May 13 of 2016, police said.
According to court documents, the victim's mother told officers her 12-year-old son is restricted to a motorized wheelchair and has a nurse for when he's awake. The boy also has a trachea tube that allows him to breathe and has very limited communication skills, the mother added.
The woman went on saying she was concerned about her son's nurse because of the boy's reaction and dislike for the caretaker. She then placed a recording device in the boy's room and captured an unusual encounter.
The arrest affidavit says on May 12 of 2016, suspect Ben Olivier, 33, was attempting to remove and clean the boy's trachea tube. As Olivier tried to do so, the child began moving around in the chair, trying to avoid him. Police say the victim grabbed Olivier's hand to prevent him from touching him. It was then when the suspect pulled his hand from the boy and struck him in the left cheek near the eye.
The video shows the victim began to cry and hold his face because of the pain he suffered. The boy then sounded the horn on his wheelchair to notify his mom of the incident, but he was unable to communicate, court documents said.
Police say Olivier denied to striking the victim's face. He then left the residence and never returned.
Olivier now faces a $25,000 bond and must stay at least 200 yards away from the victim and his family.