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Woman arraigned in assault on an elderly person in Peabody

PEABODY — A live-in home health aide was arraigned Friday in Peabody District Court for an assault on her 90-year-old client.

Sophonie Fidele, 27, faces charges of assault and battery on a person over 60 and witness intimidation.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Michael Varone told the court that police and firefighters responded to 59 Lynnfield St. on Thursday following a Lifeline medical alert and a 911 call in which an elderly woman could be heard screaming for help.

First responders found the victim and the defendant at home. The initial investigation revealed the victim confronted the defendant about being “under the influence of something” and the defendant allegedly became angry.

When the victim tried to call her daughter, the defendant took the phone out of her hand, police said. When she tried to activate her Lifeline bracelet, the defendant allegedly grabbed her wrist and removed it, according to court documents.

Investigators found empty bottles of liquor in the defendant’s room.

Investigators also determined the defendant is an employee of Connecticut-based Family Care Plus and had been placed as a live-in aide at the Peabody address.

A call to the agency was not immediately returned.

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