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Nurse who worked at Burkesville facility charged with neglect, theft

A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted a former nurse at a Burkesville nursing home on charges of neglect and theft of a controlled substance, according to Attorney General Jack Conway.

Jinger Butler, 41, is accused of replacing and retaining the medications of 10 adult residents from May to November of 2010, when she was acting as a caretaker at Cumberland Valley Manor Nursing Home in Burkesville, a statement from Conway's office said. Butler was indicted on 11 counts of neglect, a Class C felony with a penalty of five to 10 years.

Butler's conduct, according to the indictment, deprived each resident of services necessary to maintain the health and welfare of the patient, constituting knowing neglect of an adult.

The indictment for theft of a controlled substance says Butler took hydrocodone pills, identified as Lortab, from the residents. Butler faces 11 counts of theft of a controlled substance, a Class D felony with a potential sentence of one to five years in prison.

Both indictments relate to the same 10 residents.

Butler was arrested after an investigation by Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control and the Burkesville Police Department. She was released on her own recognizance, the statement said.

State records show that the nursing home is owned by Cumberland Valley Manor Inc., with current officers and directors all from Burkesville.

Cumberland Valley Manor administrator Paul Shepard said Monday that he could not comment on the criminal case but said, "Our resident care is our number one priority."