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Nursing home employees arrested for abuse

Published on December 23rd, 2008

The Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi had an article about nursing home employees abusing and torturing residents.  Two of the nursing home workers were arrested for crimes including one nurse accused of pouring aftershave on a patient’s genitals, Attorney General Jim Hood said.

 Hood said that the women worked as licensed practical nurses at Graceland Care Center in New Albany.   Cynthia Hunt of New Albany was charged Thursday with two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult after being indicted by a Union County grand jury.

Hood accuses the 46-year-old Hunt of "pouring aftershave on the genitals of a patient" and administering medication that caused pain.   Kathy Brooks, 59, of Blue Mountain is accused of taking the pain medication hydrocodone that was meant for more than one patient, Hood said.

"Any person found guilty of torturing a disabled person or stealing their pain medications leaving them to suffer should receive little mercy for such sinful crimes," Hood said. 

How did the nursing home Administrator or Director of Nursing not know what was going on?  Who is supervising the LPNs?

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