Two certified nurse’s aides at Tarrytown Hall Care Center were arrested October 24 for allegedly causing the death of an 86-year-old resident by failing to provide care and covering up the crime.
Maureen Flowers, 53, of the Bronx is facing a maximum seven years in prison and Donna Pagan, 35, of Peekskill could receive four years behind bars for their roles in the alleged felony crimes, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“This is a sad and disturbing case of a nurse’s aide who, by ignoring both the rules of the home where she worked and her training, caused the death of one of our most vulnerable citizens,” Schneiderman said.
On February 15, Flowers was assigned to provide care for a patient who suffered from several debilitating physical ailments that prevented her from walking and rendered her dependent on staff. She required a mechanical lift and two people to move her from her bed to a wheelchair.
Instead, Flowers allegedly attempted to transfer the patient without help and the patient fell to the floor, suffering fractures to her spine and right leg, and a broken nose. Flowers then allegedly left the patient bleeding on the floor and asked Pagan to cover up for her. The patient died two hours later at Westchester Medical Center.