Nurses Indicted for Patient's Death at Columbus Nursing Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Seven employees of a Columbus Nursing Home, including a certified nurse, are the subject of a criminal indictment filed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Authorities looked into the activity at the Whetstone Gardens Care Center, in Olentangy River Road, after a patient died there in March 2017.

Yost says the nurses and support staff neglected a patient to the point of death, and another patient suffered physical harm due to inadequate care.

“This case goes to the heart of protecting the unprotected,” Attorney General Yost said. “These victims were completely dependent on others for day-to-day care, which their families trusted Whetstone Gardens to provide. Instead of providing that care, evidence shows these nurses forced the victims to endure awful mistreatment and then lied about it. This is gut-wrenching for anyone who has entrusted a care facility with the well-being and safety of a loved one.”

A Franklin County grand jury on Wednesday indicted three nurses: Sandra Blazer, Jessica Caldwell and Kimberly Potter, on charges of involuntary manslaughter, gross patient neglect and patient neglect as a result of failing to get the patient timely medical treatment.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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