Caretaker at Personal Care Home Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Neglect

Police arrested a personal care home provider after a blind dementia patient wandered away from her room and was found dead in a creek about 100 yards from the building.  The caretaker was charged with felony neglect of a dependent person and involuntary manslaughter.

Court documents indicate that the caretaker was operating with an expired license and that she turned off three audible alarms designed to warn staff of dementia patients exiting the building because the alarms “annoy” her.

The resident had an alarm on her door but it was removed by the defendant, said the district attorney, who called the nurses actions reckless and uncalled for. The small care facility has been shut down and the remaining residents moved to other facilities. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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