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Care home owner, workers draw charges of neglect

| Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

ALTOONA — The owner and two aides at a central Pennsylvania personal care home have been charged with neglecting an 80-year-old man who was found covered in bed sores and human waste and died in November.

The state Department of Public Welfare revoked the license of Warner's Home for the Aged in Altoona shortly after Kenneth McGuire's death, and the grand jury investigation resulted in arrests on Tuesday, the Altoona Mirror reported Wednesday.

Online court records don't list attorneys for the home's owner, Sherry Jo Warner, 62, or the aides, Diana Frye, 62, and Marjory Koch, 44. All are from Altoona and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 3 on a charge of neglect of a care-dependent person.

McGuire had lived at the home since February 2007 and died Nov. 17, 12 days after he was admitted to Altoona Regional Hospital, according to the charges.

McGuire was covered in dried feces, soaked with urine and appeared not to have been bathed in several days when he was admitted to the hospital. He was dehydrated and suffered from sepsis, a blood infection, and had bed sores on all of his toes and both shins and had a foot that was gangrenous, the grand jury found.

A forensic exam later found that McGuire was in a “state of ill health, malnutrition and wasting” when he died.

The home phones of Warner and Frye were disconnected on Wednesday, and The Associated Press could not immediately locate a number for Koch.

Warner told the grand jury that she could have done more to care for McGuire.

“Wish I could have done more, gone back to look at the sores. I never looked at the sores,” she told the grand jury, according to the newspaper. “I could kick myself in the rear end for not looking at those sores. I look like hell in this.”

The care home's license was revoked Dec. 6, at which time Warner had 30 days to help her other 18 residents find places to stay.

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