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Nursing home aide pleads to abusing residents

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MONTEVIDEO -- A former nursing home aide has pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conducted directed against vulnerable adults.

Maria Josephine Bjerke, 25, of Montevideo, pleaded guilty to three of the six original abuse counts against her during a court appearance in Montevideo on Monday. The charges are all gross misdemeanors.

District Judge Bruce Christopherson accepted the plea agreement and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

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