Madison nurse's aide pleads guilty to abuse

Valerie Lamb, a former nurse's aide at Madison Manor nursing home at Richmond, pled guilty Monday to reckless abuse and neglect of an adult, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office.

The charges stem from conduct caught on a hidden video camera placed in the room of Armeda Thomas, 84, in August. Thomas' relatives placed the video in her room after they became concerned about her' treatment at the long-term care facility, also known as Richmond Health and Rehabilitation Complex. The camera recorded incidents of abuse and neglect by several employees at the nursing home.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Lamb was sentenced to 12 months in the Madison County Jail. That sentence would be diverted for two years on the condition that the defendant remain on good behavior and cooperate in pending cases against other former Madison Manor employees.

Lamb is the second nurse's aide to plead guilty in connection with abuse and neglect at Madison Manor. Jaclyn VanWinkle pled guilty last year and was sentenced to 12 months in the Madison County Jail for reckless abuse and neglect of an adult. Instead of serving jail time, VanWinkle was put on probation for two years, provided, among other things, that she cooperates and testifies in any case involving an investigation into alleged criminal conduct at Madison Manor.

Amanda Sallee, another former nurse's aide at the nursing home, is under indictment for wanton abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult. Her trial date is scheduled for March 15 in Madison Circuit Court.