Caretaker Accused Of Abuse Surrenders To Police

Thursday, April 12th 2007, 8:59 pm
By: News On 6

A nursing home worker accused of abusing patients at a Tulsa nursing home has turned surrendered, said police. Prosecutors believe Paula Drew is responsible for second-degree burns on two patients in her care. Investigators say the patients had been left in a scalding shower. Both had to be taken to the hospital from the Green Park Nursing and Rehab Center.

A nurse employed by the state checked the temperature in the showers. She says it registered 126 degrees, 11 degrees hotter than the maximum temperature allowed in a nursing home.

Paula Drew faces two felony charges of caretaker neglect. If convicted, she could spend up to 20 years in prison.

Read more about the Green Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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