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RACINE — A Racine woman is accused of allegedly beating a disabled resident at the group home where she worked, apparently over a hamburger.

Canei A. Brown, 19, of the 1300 block of Buchanan Street, is charged with intentional abuse of a patient causing bodily harm, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

She could face up to a $10,000 fine and as many as six years in prison for the first charge and up to $1,000 fine and 90 days imprisonment for the second charge.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 30, the supervisor of a group home for disabled residents in the 1600 block of Erie Street noticed that a resident had a black eye and lacerations around the eye as well as a laceration on the bridge of his nose.

The supervisor said the man did not have those lacerations during second shift the prior day and Brown was the only third-shift employee working that night.

When the supervisor asked the resident what happened to his face, he said he ate a hamburger that must have belonged to Brown because she got mad and “punched me a lot of times.”

According to online court records, the complaint against Brown was filed on Friday. That same day she was given a signature bond of $5,000 andwas ordered to have no contact with the victim and was placed on house arrest.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for 9 a.m. on June 27 at the county Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.

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Caitlin Sievers covers cops, crime and the west-end communities. She's a lover of cats, dance and Harry Potter. Before moving to the Racine area she worked at small papers in Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska.

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