A State College woman was sentenced to 60 days to 231/2 months in jail for assaulting her mother.
Paula Zuchowski, 54, also was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
The charges stem from two separate incidents in 2013. In one, Zuchowski, who cared for her 93-year-old mother, became angry when the elderly woman stood at the top of the stairs and would not let go of the handrail. Zuchowski bit her mother, leaving a bruise that was visible days later.
The second incident happened when the mother fell on the basement stairs. Zuchowski dragged her mother up the stairs to the kitchen, placing her in an office chair to get her to the stair lift that would take her to the second-floor bathroom.
When the mother fell out of the lift chair, Zuchowski dragged her the rest of the way up the stairs, leaving a trail of blood. The mother suffered severe bruising and lacerations and extensive skin tears.
“The victim in this case did not have a voice, her cries for assistance went unanswered. She was isolated and had only the defendant to turn to for help,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said. “Please report elder abuse to the authorities.”