By Tim Hahn / firstname.lastname@example.org
Erie Times-News - 8/31/2017
An Erie woman accused of assaulting a woman with cerebral palsy while caring for the victim in July waived the criminal charges filed against her to court on Thursday.
Qunisha L. Manus, 26, waived her preliminary hearing before Erie 3rd Ward District Judge Tom Carney Thursday morning on felony counts of strangulation, aggravated assault and witness intimidation; and on misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering and possessing an instrument of crime.
Carney lowered the bond holding Manus in the Erie County Prison from $300,000 to $100,000.
Erie police filed the charges on July 24 following an investigation into the reported attack, which police said happened at an apartment in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street on July 18. Investigators charged that Manus, who was working for Voices for Independence as a caregiver for the victim, pulled the ear and the hair of the victim and told her to scream; placed the victim on the floor and told her to pray; and put the victim in her hospital bed, where Manus would walk up to her and slap her in the head throughout the night, according to information in the criminal complaint filed by Erie police Detective Sgt. Chris Janus.
The victim told investigators that she was slapped more than 20 times, and that Manus unplugged her electric hospital bed and wrapped the cord around her neck before Manus left the residence, Janus wrote in the affidavit of probable cause accompanying the complaint.
The victim was taken to Saint Vincent Health Center on July 19 with bruises to her head, neck, left arm and leg, according to police.
Janus also wrote in the affidavit that he heard several voice messages that Manus left on the victim's answering machine, in which Manus apologized to the victim. Manus told the victim in one of the messages "to keep it to herself," according to the affidavit.
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