A nursing assistant at a Washington nursing home was sentenced to nine months in jail due to the abuse and neglect of a 73-year-old woman, resulting in her death. Two other nurses remain charged with manslaughter and criminal mistreatment. The emergency room doctor said that the causes of the woman’s death were dehydration, starvation, and lack of medication resulting in a coma, kidney failure, and ultimately death. The nurse who was sentenced to jail time pled guilty and admitted that she was “reckless” and withheld the basic necessities of life. The owner of the home was aware that the resident had behavioral problems but assured the family that the nursing home was equipped to provide adequate care. The family of the victim reached a $400,000 settlement in a wrongful death civil lawsuit.
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