Friday, February 10, 2012

Trial in Nursing Home Abuse Case Begins

Jury selection began Tuesday in Troy in the trial of four nurses accused of neglecting an incapacitated nursing home patient. The four nurses are the remaining defendants from a group of 14 nurses arrested two years ago. All 14 were accused of neglecting a 53-year-old resident of the Northwoods Rehabilitation Center over a six week period in March and April of 2009.
Prosecutors charge the nurses and nurses aides at Northwoods Rehabilitation Center outside Troy allowed the victim to lie motionless in her own waste for hours on end on repeated occasions, filing false reports of proper care.  Ten of the 14 who were arrested two years ago have pleaded guilty. The four remaining nurses or assistants are now on trial. Each is accused of falsifying business records, a felony. Also endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and willful violation of the health laws.

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