CBS reported that the only nurse on duty when residents were given excessive doses of morphine at Holland Homes Assisted Living denies she administered the morphine. In a video deposition, Talisha Lillard denies any involvement in the death of 98-year-old Dorothy Byrd. “I do not know how she received morphine,” Lillard said. Lillard had only worked at the facility nine shifts, had an expired nurse’s license and received inadequate training.
“The morphine was in the drawer. In the deposition, she stated that she saw it and knew where it was located. She had access,” said Byrd’s daughter, Sandra Byrd-Peterson. Last February, Byrd was one of six seniors from Holland rushed to the hospital with morphine in their systems. Byrd was the only one who died from an overdose.