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March 25, 2013

A Pennsylvania woman was found guilty last week of nursing home abuse, making her the third person involved in the abuse of an 80-year-old elderly resident at a Blairsville County nursing home.

According to court documents, Diane Frye, 62, has been charged with failure to attend to resident Kenneth McGuire while he was under her care at the Warner’s Home for the Aged. Mcguire was admitted to a local hospital on Nov. 5, 2011. Frye admitted that she only looked in on the victim that day and didn’t physically check on him, and he was later found on the floor with a cut on his arm. He was lying unconscious beside his dresser on top of his oxygen tank. His bed was completely soiled. He was taken to a hospital later that day.

Mcguire died on the Nov. 17; only 12 days after being admitted to the hospital.

Two other women, Marjory Koch, 44, and Sherry Jo Warner, 65, were previously found guilty for the same case. Warner, the owner, had her license revoked, while Koch, an aide, is scheduled for sentencing next month.

Frye is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7. Along with criminal charges, the defendants could possibly face civil charges if the victim’s loved ones hire a nursing home abuse attorney and file a civil suit.

According to the state Attorney’s General Office, Frye is now facing a $10,000 fine and up to five years in prison.


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