Fmr. Chilton Co. nurse arrested on abuse, neglect of patient charge

Fmr. Chilton Co. nurse arrested on abuse, neglect of patient charge

CLANTON, AL (WSFA) - A former Chilton County nursing home employee has been arrested on charges she intentionally abused and neglected an elderly person who was in her care, confirmed Attorney General Luther Strange's office.

Katherine Blevins Lenoir, 53, of Maplesville, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. She was later released on a $15,000 bond.

A Chilton County Grand Jury indicted Lenoir on August 5 after the case was presented by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Lenoir, who was an employee of Don Hatley Healthcare and Rehabilitation, now faces one count of first degree elder abuse, a felony.

The AG's office alleges Lenoir, a licensed practical nurse, inadvertently administered a large dose of a narcotic pain medication to a patient instead cough medicine as was requested.

Investigators contend that Lenoir decided that instead of alerting facility management of her mistake, she set about manipulating the patient's treatment records to indicate she'd given the correct medication.

The patient survived the overdose, but only after a nurse on a later shift discovered her condition and rushed her to a hospital. The patient, identified only as a female, spent several days in the intensive care unit before being released.

Prosecutors said if Lenoir had reported her mistake immediately, the patient would not have suffered nearly the prolonged effects of the narcotic. But they added, because she intentionally neglected the woman, the patient almost died.

The charge against Lenoir is a Class A felony, which carries a possible sentence of between 10 years and life in prison. 

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