Amber Osage: Police Say Cranky Caretaker Repeatedly Slugs Paralyzed Patient

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Amber Hope Osage: Once, twice, three times an abuser (allegedly).

According to police in Nacogdoches, Amber Osage didn't like it when her fellow in-home caretaker and the quadriplegic man they were looking after woke her up. When they asked her to help move him to his bed, she refused, and so the man ordered her to leave his house.

Amber Hope Osage had other plans. According to an arrest affidavit reported by KTRE, the 29-year-old responded to that command by instead going up to the quadriplegic man and slugging him in the face. She then left the room, came back and punched him some more before leaving again.

And then hell, three's a charm, right? Osage is alleged to have come back yet again for more of her cruel brand of one-sided fisticuffs.

But like we said -- she did have her reasons. She was off the clock and asleep. Who among us would not repeatedly punch the face of someone who woke us up and asked us to do something as strenuous as moving a paralyzed man into his bed? I mean come on -- especially if that person was utterly incapable of either fighting back or even defending himself. It's a no-brainer. Amirite?

Unfortunately for Osage, Nacogdoches cops don't agree, and she has been charged with injury of disabled person.

After glancing at her lengthy criminal record, one wonders how she ever got this gig at all. In 2000 she pleaded guilty to assault/bodily injury in a plea-bargain from the original charge of aggravated robbery. After a second assault, her probation would later be revoked and she would do ten months in jail. Criminal mischief would land her another stay in the pokey a few years later.

While's she's no Aileen Wuornos, she's certainly no Florence Nightingale either. In fact, you might say this woman puts the "ake" in caretaker.

If convicted, Osage could be looking at a serious stretch behind bars. Injury to a disabled person is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

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"After glancing at her lengthy criminal record, one wonders how she ever got this gig at all."

This IS the story that's lost in the cute remarks. 

My Mrs. inspects agencies providing care to home-bound patients receiveing state and/or federal healthcare assistance. She's told me horror stories of abuse, (verbal, physical, and financial) that patients endured from "independent" care providers. Often these folks are either relatives (of some degree) or off the fringe, like this chick.

I'd lay dollars to donuts Ms. Osage got this gig because she worked outside of a regulated agency and therefore, she worked cheap, especially if she was a live-in care provider. Family often does not screen or ask tough questions in the interest of getting the burden off their backs. If the patient is hiring the person directly, they're often content with any story given, lack the resorces to rigorously screen, or sadly, are so starved for attention, they go along to get along.


Aren't you a lil old to be putting in teenage slang, or are you actually 16?  Amirite?  Not if you ever want to be looked at as a serious journalist.

Fat Bass Turd
Fat Bass Turd

Isn't she one of Gregory Longoria, Jr.'s ex-girlfriends?


Disagree.  See plenty of of this going on with state-funded agency employees, too.  Care-giving is a low-paying job and even though it is very hard, demanding work, the positions are filled generally with "unskilled" workers; i.e., those who will work long hours for low wages in a job that is unrewarding financially and emotionally.  As Health & Human Services and other agency budgets are cut, experienced care-givers are finding themselves over priced for the market and agencies are looking to replace them with younger, less-skilled workers.  Care-giving is also a physically demanding job, so younger care-givers will almost always be favored over more mature care-givers who may find the rigors of the job too much.  

And as your Mrs. can tell you, oversight is (and always has been) stretched incredibly thin with too few inspectors and too many cases. And for the disabled, many of whom are practically shut-ins, their care-givers are the only people they see on a daily basis, so like battered spouses and lonely grandmas, they won't report the abuse because they are afraid of being completely abandoned or forced into a state-run home.   


I didn' t say abuse didn't happen with home-health agencies. In fact, I said my Mrs. inspects these agencies for Medicare/Medicaid as well as DADS compliance. Which of course would not be necessitated unless there wasn't a long history of problems. My contention, is very similar to the fine points you make. Except, a violent felon cannot be certified as a nurses assistant in Texas. And, as bad as agency staff can be, as limited/thin as oversight is, there is oversight and the agencies are bonded.

Meanwhile, my Mrs. is seeing more and more uncertified, untrained, and inexperienced people, (as well people who've had their certifications revoked) taking these jobs out of desperation. I still don't think this chick holds a certification or works through an agency.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Thanks y'all, for steering the conversation where I hoped it would go. There is a method to my madness. At least I like to think so....

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