A home health-care nurse with more than 40 years nursing experience was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days of community service for failing to report that her patient, a 13-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was neglected by his mother.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Morris Lee Brinkley, age 74, pleaded guilty to criminal neglect of a disabled person and failing to report neglect or abuse after Jaylen Brown died of infections and sepsis because of bed-sores (decubitus ulcers) that were not treated.
Prosecutors had wanted to send Brinkley to prison for 12 years but because she has given up the nursing profession and lacked a criminal record she was given probation.
Charges against the boy’s mother, Kesheia Phillips, and another in-home nurse are pending.
This case highlights the fact that anyone who knows that a nursing home patient, or a vulnerable person is being abused or neglect, it is incumbent on them to report the abuse or neglect. You might be a janitor in a nursing home, or a food service person or an aide but if you suspect or witness abuse or neglect your are morally obligated, if not legally obligated to report your observations.
Contact the experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at The Farber Law Group. We will provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.