Friday, December 18, 2009

1 Nurse, 2 Caretakers Indicted For Patient Neglect

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Attorney General Jack Conway announced the indictments of a nurse and two caregivers in connection with the alleged neglect of a patient at Creekwood Place Nursing Home in Logan County, Ky.

Barbara A. Moore, a nurse from Beechmont; Destiny W. Duncan, a certified nursing assistant from Russellville; and Melissa L. Lyon, a certified nursing assistant from Olmstead, were each indicted by the Logan County Grand Jury on one count of knowing abuse/neglect of an adult under KRS 209.990(2), a Class C felony.

Each person could face five to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The indictments allege that Lyon performed a single person lift to transfer the victim into bed when the victim’s care plan required a two person lift. This caused the victim to receive a fractured leg. Lyon, along with Duncan, allegedly concealed the true facts of the incident and Moore allegedly failed to call a physician or family member or check on the victim, all of which caused the victim prolonged suffering and pain.

Investigators from the Office of the Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control investigated this case and presented it to the Logan County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury issued a summons for each defendant to appear for arraignment in Logan Circuit Court on Dec. 10, at 8:30 a.m. Logan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gail Guiling is handling the prosecution of the case.

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