Owner of assisted living center gets jail time for abusing man

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Ana Ciuca By Jennifer Thomas Ana Ciuca By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The owner of an assisted living group home was sentenced to one year in jail after she was convicted of abusing an elderly man in her care.

Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said Ana Ciuca, 45, got into an argument with an 85-year-old resident over washing his hands at Angel Touch Assisted Living near Acoma Drive and 56th Street in October.

The argument turned physical and investigators said Ciuca tipped Duane McKay out of his wheelchair and proceeded to punch and kick him in the head, chest and upper arms. She then left the victim lying on the floor.

Ciuca's husband, who helped out at the home but was away at the time of the offense, found the man and notified police.

Ciuca was arrested and booked into jail for aggravated assault.

Medical staff said McKay suffered a shattered left shoulder, several loose teeth, his left ear had been almost torn off his scalp and he received several defensive-type wounds on his head and arms as he tried to protect himself from the assault.

McKay required hospitalization and two days later underwent a prosthetic shoulder implant to replace the shattered joint. He was in and out of the hospital for several months with complications and died in March.

Holmes said there was no medical determination that the assault contributed to the victim's death.

Ciuca was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail with credit for time served (5.5 months) and 10 years probation.