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Delayed Plea in Itasca Nursing Home Death

Three women came to the DuPage, Illinois County courthouse looking for justice for the wrongful death of their mother, who died last winter in an Itasca nursing home courtyard after she wandered outside in the cold. However, they left disappointed do to the inability of the nursing home employee to plea because of an ongoing trial. The anticipated plea deal calls for the employee to be sentenced to six months’ probation and six months in jail for felony elderly neglect and obstructing justice. The employee is accused of failing to check in on 89-year-old “Sally” Wentworth after an alarm alerted staff at The Arbor of Itasca that an outside door had opened. The employee turned of the alarm and went back to watching episodes of “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” The woman is also charged with lying to police and saying that she saw Wentworth in her bed. The daughters believe that the supervisors of the employee should also be held accountable with the nursing home abuse. The women ended up frozen to death still in her hospital gown. The family has also filed civil wrongful-death suit against The Arbor. To read more about the failed nursing home plea, please click the link.