A registered nursing assistant in Moxee is under criminal investigation in Yakima County. She’s accused of neglecting a physically disable girl who died last year under the woman’s care.
The 16-year-old girl was unable to walk, talk or feed himself, authorities said.
The nursing assistant had been the girl’s legal guardian since 2012. She took the girl to the emergency room on Mar. 3. Hospital staff noticed the girl had “multiple bedsores, was suffering from pneumonia, and was severely malnourished,” documents said.
The next day, the girl was airlifted to Seattle Children’s Hospital to be treated for complications related to malnutrition. She died two months later.
The King County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide caused in part by neglect, according to Sgt. Mike Russell of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office. He added that deputies were tipped off to the girl’s condition by medical staff at the children’s hospital.
Police were told the girl’s death was imminent, Russell said.
The Sheriff’s Office recommended prosecutors file criminal charges against the woman last October, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.
Criminal charges have not been filed against the nursing assistant, but the state Department of Health is charging the woman with unprofessional conduct.
The woman has been a nursing assistant since 1997.
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