The Blade reported Shawna Isner was sentenced to two years of community control. Not sure what that is but it seems like a good deal based on what she did to Evelyn Welty. Isner pleaded guilty to patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony. Ms. Welty was severely injured while under the direct care of Isner at the nursing home. Ms. Welty was described as “spunky” and someone whose life was cut short by an unintentional act.
Isner was working as a state-tested nursing assistant on Aug. 7, 2017, when she was carelessly moving Ms. Welty from her bed without a second person. Ms. Welty was dropped during the incident and later died from her injuries. The Lucas County Coroner’s Office determined Ms. Welty’s death was from complications of blunt head and neck trauma, and it was ruled accidental.
“Every single life has value, and when that life is wrongfully taken, there must be punishment and that punishment must fit the crime,” Judge English said, prior to handing down the community control sentence. Isner must spend six months on electronic monitoring and perform 100 hours of community service. She will also have to pay restitution in the amount of $10,300 to Ms. Welty’s family.
Judge English said it is any child or grandchild’s worst nightmare to leave a loved one in the care of staff and then have that trust betrayed.
“This case is a true tragedy. There was a violation of rules and laws as it relates to the movement of a victim and that is she was required to have two individuals assist her,” Judge English said.