AL.com reported the tragic and preventable neglect of a nursing home resident at Cherokee Health and Rehab nursing home. Three employees, Sandra Michele Curry, Kacey Minerva Allen, and Shawna Rogers, have been convicted in the neglect of the resident. All three pleaded guilty in Cherokee County Circuit Court to one count of attempted elder abuse, a class C felony.
The trio – former employees of Cherokee Health and Rehab nursing home – was indicted earlier this year after an elderly resident was found to be suffering from about 100 ant bites. Authorities say the three charted that they had entered the room numerous times throughout the night to check on the resident. However, a review of the surveillance video showed none of the three entered the room for approximately 11 hours.
“Alabama law recognizes that the care of those who are vulnerable is a serious responsibility, and those who are entrusted with this charge have a legal obligation to properly fulfill their duties,” Marshall said in a prepared statement. “These defendants not only failed to provide adequate care, but they were shown to have lied about their negligence that resulted in harm and injury to a nursing home patient.”