A nursing home worker was arrested for beating an elderly resident.

A 29-year-old nursing care worker was detained in Kumamoto city on suspicion of assault after reportedly punching a female resident in her 80s at a care home.

Motoki Nakashima, who was detained on Wednesday, is accused of hitting the victim at Group Home Hibari at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Kyodo News. On Tuesday night, another colleague saw the woman’s head injuries and contacted 119, and she was rushed to the hospital.

According to police, the woman suffered a subcutaneous skull haemorrhage. The hospital phoned police to report a probable case of abuse.

According to police, Nakashima has admitted to the crime but has not yet provided a motive.

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