nurse denies causing patient's death
the attorney for a nurse accused of causing the death of an elderly, disabled nursing home resident said today she was only trying to help him.
lorrie w. was arraigned in caddo district court and pleaded not guilty to charges of negligent homicide and cruelty to the infirm.
the louisiana attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case, said a 97-year-old resident at irving place rehabilitation and nursing center in shreveport suffered and died last september after washington inserted a urinary catheter.
washington's attorney, greg kelley, disputes she was responsible for the man's death.
"i think the evidence is going to show she was the only person at that nursing home that was trying to do anything for (him)," kelley said. "and i think once this case winds its way through (the court system), you'll find she did nothing wrong."
washington is the fifth nursing home employee in louisiana to be prosecuted by the state attorney general's office for alleged abuses and maltreatments that resulted in the deaths or injuries of nursing home patients.
washington's attorney said she has been a nurse for 19 years. the nursing home said she no longer works there.