Crime

Nurse, 2 nursing assistants indicted in Logan County case

A nurse and two nursing assistants have been indicted in connection with a case of neglect at Creekwood Place Nursing Home in Logan County.

One of the nursing assistants, Melissa L. Lyon of Olmstead, was trying to transfer a patient into bed on her own, even though the patient's care plan called for two people to lift the person, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office. As a result, the patient suffered a fractured leg. After the incident, Lyon and the other nursing assistant, Destiny W. Duncan of Russellville, "concealed the true facts of the incident," the news release says.

The nurse, Barbara A. Moore of Beechmont, "did not call a physician or family member or check on the victim, all of which caused the victim prolonged suffering and pain," the release states.

Each of the women was indicted on a single count of knowing abuse or neglect of an adult, a Class C felony. If convicted, they could face five to 10 years in prison. The women are to be arraigned in Logan Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10.

The case was investigated and presented to the Logan County grand jury by the Attorney General's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.

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