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Nurse arrested for allegedly leaving elderly alone

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Deputies say a nurse was arrested for
leaving elderly patients alone when an 88-year-old was injured.

According to Pinellas County deputies, 60-year-old Epifania V. Fitzgerald
put one of the patients at an assisted living facility in charge and left.

When she returned 2 1/2 hours later, authorities were there, after one if the facility's residents, a woman, had slipped and fallen in the bathroom, and another resident had called 911.

Fitzgerald was supposed to have been watching out for 21 elderly
patients.

Officials say she was charged her with one count of abuse and
neglect of the elderly and one count of possession of Vicodin.

Authorities would not identify the facility.

Fitzgerald remained in jail Sunday facing a bond of $12,000.


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