3 former workers at Somerset's Oakwood facility indicted

kward1@herald-leader.comNovember 18, 2013 

Three former employees of a Somerset facility that provides care for people with mental and developmental disabilities have been indicted on charges of abuse and neglect.

Coty King, 22, of Pine Knot; Timothy James Ball, 22, of Pine Knot; and Cody Burton, 21, of Burnside, all former employees of Oakwood Manor, have been indicted by a grand jury in Pulaski County, the state attorney general's office announced Monday.

King is charged with three counts of knowing abuse or neglect of an adult, Ball with one count of knowing abuse or neglect of an adult and Burton with two counts of complicity to knowing abuse or neglect of an adult. The charges are all Class C felonies.

King is accused of enticing a developmentally disabled adult patient to hit another patient, then using his cellphone to record it.

Burton is accused of participating in the incident and not reporting it.

The attorney general's office said in a release that Ball was charged because of "his involvement in another incident staged by King" that was discovered after further review of video on the cellphone.

King and Burton were arrested in September and originally charged through the Pulaski County Attorney's Office. The attorney general's office said those charges were dismissed and have been replaced by the charges announced Monday.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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