4 Caregivers at St. Elizabeth Indicted on Abuse Charges
This story has been updated with comment from St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
Four caregivers at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood were indicted on charges related to abuse, Attorney General Andy Beshear's office announced Monday.
Ellyssa Klein, 26, of Fort Myers, Florida; Sandra Nobbe, 28, of Florence; Ashley Flower, 30, of Cincinnati; and Gary Ray, 71, of Cincinnati, have each been charged with one count of knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult, a Class C felony.
A Kenton County grand jury indicted the four individuals Thursday, Sept. 20.
The indictment alleges that between July 1-2, 2015, Klein, Nobbe and Flower improperly restrained a patient, which included placing a therapy bag on the patient to act as a weight to restrict his movement. Ray, who was also acting as a caregiver at the time of the incident, observed the abuse and neglect, but failed to stop the actions.
Arraignment is scheduled in Kenton Circuit Court Oct. 1, 2018, for all four individuals.
"When the matter first came to light in the Summer of 2015, St. Elizabeth immediately removed the four individuals from patient care functions, pending the outcome of the investigation. Since that time, all four of the individuals have left the employ of St. Elizabeth," said Guy Karrick, spokesperson for St. Elizabeth, in a statement. "St. Elizabeth has cooperated fully with law enforcement in this matter. St. Elizabeth demands the highest standards from its patient caregivers, and fully respects the rights and dignity of its patients."