January 2, 2013
A jury in Clayton County, Georgia has indicted two former nursing home workers with murder after nursing home abuse led to fatal injuries.
According to reports, 27-year-old Jerry Lamar Richardson and 44-year-old Esther Orerome Edukuye not only failed to provide adequate care to the elderly, but also beat a senior citizen to death, causes multiple blunt force injuries. As a result, 58-year-old Robert Rosenthal died from the neglect and beatings.
Edukuye, a registered nurse, was the owner of the Guided Hands nursing home in Jonesboro. Richardson worked as a laborer and has no previous training or certifications to work with the elderly.
Edukuye was arrested shortly after the incident, on December 19, and being held without bond. Richardson, however, is believed to have fled the state. A fugitive warrant has been secured for his arrest. Both individuals have been indicted for felony murder and abuse of an elderly person. Edukuye faces additional charges of neglect and failure to report to protective service. She is expected to be arraigned on January 9th.
Along with criminal charges, the defendants may also be up against civil charges should the victim’s family retain a Georgia nursing home abuse lawyer and file for personal damages.