Three nurses have been indicted on charges of concealing a death, neglecting an elder, depriving an elder person of essential services, and murder, after video footage emerged of the women laughing as one of their patients died. The video was taken by the family of James Dempsey who was the patient in question, and showed the nurses failing to perform CPR and standing around as the elderly man cried for help and gasped.
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Loyce Pickquet Agyeman, Wanda Nuckles and Mable Turman have all lost their nursing license as a result of the clip. Dempsey’s family initially contacted the nursing home in question but the nurses kept their licenses and jobs for a full three years after the incident. Action was only taken after a local TV station sent the footage to the state nursing board. After it was made public the police also opened an investigation.
“Video surveillance shows the patient suffering in respiratory distress and repeatedly calling out for help,” said a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s office. “Soon after his distress calls, the victim became unresponsive.”
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Footage has also emerged in which the nurses change their stories during various video depositions. This has resulted in all three being charged with concealing a death. Meanwhile, Agyeman has been charged with murder and neglect, Nuckles has been charged with depriving an elderly person of essential care, and Turman has been charged with neglect of an elder.
All three nurses told lawyers that they had rushed to James when he first needed CPR, but the footage shows the women laughing and joking as they try to start an oxygen machine, and that no one began CPR when they first arrived on the scene and did not start for several minutes. The nursing home in question has continued to pass inspections since 2014, but it has also had the lowest grade possible during each inspection.
The nursing home has released a statement stating that it is under new management and that they have since improved the home’s running and conditions.