February 12, 2013
Four former nursing home employees in Indiana were arrested this week after allegations of severe nursing home abuse and neglect.
According to police reports, Tonya Sanders, 33, Blaine Ballard, 33, Casey Hill, 28, and Wendy Sutherlin, 28, were all employees of Jasper’s Providence Home Health Care Center. After investigations by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, it was discovered that all four allegedly have been abusing, neglecting, and intimidating the residents of the local. Although detailed information regarding the exact incidents haven’t been released, the discoveries were enough for police to secure warrants for all four individuals. They were arrested yesterday and charged with misdemeanor intimidation and felony battery and neglect.
Two other employees of the nursing home, Katrina Patterson and Sheryl Rockett, were also arrested after it was determined that they didn’t come forward and report the abuse. In the state of Indiana, if abuse is heard or seen, witnesses are legally obligated to inform authorities within 24 hours. Patterson and Rockett charged with one misdemeanor count each of failing to report the abuse of an endangered adult.
The names of the victims have not been released, but by state law, they have the right to obtain a nursing home abuse attorney and file civil charges.
This incidence marks yet another occurrence of nursing home abuse in Indiana this year. Last month, an elderly woman died outside of the Redbud Hills Independent Senior Living Community from hypothermia. According to reports, she was left unattended for several hours which ultimately resulted in her death. She was found later outside in her nightgown close to the premises.