FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Gas City nurse accused of beating and choking a 16-year-old patient with cerebral palsy was captured Thursday evening after a viewer saw a report on NewsChannel 15’s First at Five.
Veronica A. Summers, Gas City, was wanted by police after a mother captured Summers on a nanny cam beating and choking her daughter several times.
“She just smacked her then said something to her, and all she did was lift her head,” said Andrea DeBruler, mother of the victim. “I feel like I failed my daughter.”
A warrant was issued for Summers arrest after DeBruler reported her to Gas City police.
After the story aired on NewsChannel 15, Gas City police said a viewer spotted Summers in the Lutheran Hospital lobby in Fort Wayne. The viewer called authorities and was instructed to notify Lutheran Hospital security. Security called in Fort Wayne police and Allen County sheriff’s deputies to apprehend Summers in the hospital.
“I can’t express my gratitude enough,” said Gas City Police Departmetn Chief Kirk McCollum. “Not only for the media, but also the public as well. Because without your assistance and their assistance it’s hard for us to do our job.”
Investigators said Summers was in the hospital lobby posing as a visitor and they are not sure why she came to Fort Wayne.
Summers worked for Faithful Friends Home Healthcare in Grant County at the time of the incident, according to police. Faithful Friends said they were conducting their own investigation into Summers.
They have declined to comment on the incident involving Summers.
Summers is facing several charges, including: neglect of a dependent, three counts of battery resulting in bodily injury and strangulation.
The incident is under investigation.