Bronx, NY – NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced that a nurse employed by the Bronx Psychiatric Center was arrested on charges she repeatedly struck a patient in the head with a shoe.
Natalia Stimmer (DOB: 01/16/1956) of Bronx is charged with:
- Attempted Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree, a class “A” misdemeanor;
- Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree, a class “A” misdemeanor;
- Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a class “B” misdemeanor;
- Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class “A” misdemeanor; and
- Harassment in the Second Degree, a violation.
The charges stem from a December 28, 2016 incident that was brought to light when another person receiving services at the facility made a report to the Justice Center.
Bronx Psychiatric Center is operated by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). Stimmer, a Registered Nurse, was arraigned before the Honorable Beth Beller of Bronx Criminal Court and released on her own recognizance. Stimmer, who is scheduled to reappear in court on April 24, has been suspended from her position.
“A licensed medical professional attacking a patient receiving services, like this defendant is alleged to have done, is something that cannot be ignored,” said Special Prosecutor Gunning. “This case came to light in part because a conscientious person who was also receiving services at Bronx Psychiatric Center came forward and reported it.”
Assistant Special Prosecutor Edwin Ferguson is prosecuting the case which was investigated by Justice Center investigators Henry Gomez and Steven Orski. Gunning thanked the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for their support of the Justice Center’s prosecution.
About the Justice Center
The Justice Center began operations on June 30, 2013. It operates a toll-free hotline that receives reports of allegations of abuse, neglect and significant incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone who witnesses or suspects the abuse or neglect of a person with special needs can make a report. Mandated reporters who have reasonable cause to suspect that a reportable incident has occurred by staff must report it to the Justice Center immediately upon discovery. The Justice Center is not a first responder, so if a report involves an emergency situation, the caller is instructed to hang up and dial 9-1-1.
The Justice Center is authorized to investigate all reports of abuse and neglect, pursue administrative sanctions against staff found responsible for misconduct and its Special Prosecutor/Inspector General shares jurisdiction with local district attorneys to prosecute criminal offense allegations. The Justice Center notifies local district attorneys of all potential criminal cases.
Justice Center Individual and Family Support advocates provide guidance and information to victims, their families, personal representatives and guardians about the reporting and investigation process, offer support during criminal court proceedings and are available to accompany victims during interviews and court appearances.
Editor’s note: In compliance with Rule 3.6(b)(6) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, you are advised that a charge is an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2017 - Contact: Bill Reynolds (518) 549-0200