Woman Charged with Assault Faces Victim’s Family

A woman from Carbon County accused of assaulting a woman with Down Syndrome was in court Wednesday.

Donna Randall of Lansford is accused of assaulting  Caroline Herman. She has Down Syndrome and needs round-the-clock care at home.

Police said Randall, a nurse’s aide, was caught on security cameras hitting Herman while she lay helpless in her bed at home in Jim Thorpe.

“Your job, your oath is you’re supposed to be caring to people. Whether they are saying the slap or slaps weren’t hard enough the intent was there,” said Herman’s niece Lisa Sittler.

Herman’s family came to the magistrate’s office Wednesday in Jim Thrope. Randall gave up her right to a preliminary hearing.

The victim’s sister, Elaine Turner, said she knows what she wants if Randall is convicted. “She deserves a jail sentence. She doesn’t know what she put this family through. We had our trust in her and she worked there for so long. Never thought this would happen to us,” said Turner.

John Large also came to the magistrate’s office.  He said he has a daughter who is handicapped and wanted to show support to Herman’s family.  “I think people with disabilities are next to children and the elderly are the most vulnerable people in society and need to be protected,” Large said.

Randall’s attorney, Ed Olexa, would not talk about specifics about how he will defend his client. “This has been devastating for her. She’s had a good criminal history to date has never been in any trouble and has been a reputable member of the community and her profession,” Olexa said.

Now that legal action has been taken at the district magisterial court level, Donna Randall’s next step will be to appear in Carbon County court. There is no word on when she may go to trial.

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