Three former Cherokee County nursing home employees were indicted by Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall for the neglect of an 84-year-old woman who was left unattended for 11 hours during which she suffered from about 100 ant bites.
Michele Curry, 42, of Centre, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) was arrested and released on $30,000 bond. Kacey Allen, 28, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) also from Centre, and Shawna Rogers, 26, a CNA from Rome, Georgia, were arrested hours later. The three were formerly employed at Cherokee Health and Rehab, a skilled nursing facility in Centre.
Investigators say on the night of Sept. 3, 2016, the three nurses were responsible for the care of an elderly nursing home resident who was confined to a bed. The nurses charted that they had entered the woman’s room and checked on her numerous times throughout the night. But a surveillance video tells a different story, revealing that none of the nurses checked on the woman for 11 hours. The nursing home reported the incident and an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit ensued.
“It is alleged this intentional neglect directly contributed to the injuries to the resident,” the AG’s news release reads.
Each of the former employees was charged with one count of elder abuse/neglect in the second degree. If convicted, they could face up to 20 years in prison.