Kentucky

Nurse's aide pleads guilty to abuse, neglect

Amanda Sallee, a former nurse's aide at Madison Manor nursing home in Richmond, pleaded guilty Thursday to wanton 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 in the room of Armeda Thomas, 84, in August 2008. Thomas' relatives put the camera 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 terms of a plea agreement, Sallee, of Richmond, was sentenced to one year in state prison. That sentence would be diverted for five years on the condition that Sallee remain on good behavior, not work with vulnerable adults or children, not work in the health care industry or for a Medicaid or Medicare provider, perform 100 hours of community service, and cooperate fully in the ongoing investigation at Madison Manor Nursing Home.

Sallee is the third nurse's aide to plead guilty in connection with abuse and neglect at Madison Manor. She is scheduled to be sentenced May 6.

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