Nursing assistant charged with unprofessional conduct

Yesenia C. Sandoval's credentials have been suspended, officials say.

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A Walla Walla nursing assistant was charged with unprofessional conduct by the state Department of Health, stemming from a February 2010 incident.

Yesenia C. Sandoval, who was issued her provider credential in 2007, allegedly struck a resident in a Grandview, Wash., adult family home owned by S.L. Start, which contracts with DSHS to provide care in group homes, according to the Health Department.

Officials say Sandoval, working with fellow staff member Julie Ann Coronado, abused, assaulted and neglected the resident, and "willfully failed to report the incident."

The two women then brought a dark, long-sleeved shirt to the home and dressed the victim in it, in an effort to conceal bruises and injuries, officials said.

An investigation that opened in October 2011 made a finding that Sandoval cannot be employed in situations where she has unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.

Sandoval failed to respond to the charges in the time allowed and her credentials have been suspended, officials said.

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