- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a worker at a Long Island group home has been arrested and is accused of repeatedly hitting a disabled patient in the head with a book.

New York State Special Needs Prosecutor Patricia Gunning says Marie Calvaire was arrested Tuesday on assault, endangering the welfare of a disabled person and other charges.

Prosecutors say the incident happened in November 2015 when Calvaire worked as a direct support worker at EPIC Long Island. Authorities say the 62-year-old repeatedly struck a disabled person she was caring for in the head with a book.

A spokesman for EPIC Long Island said it immediately reported the incident to authorities and suspended Calvaire.

Calvaire was arraigned Tuesday in Nassau County and released after posting $1,500 bail. Attempts to reach Calvaire or her attorney for comment Wednesday evening were unsuccessful.

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