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Florida nursing home employees formally charged in patient deaths

Residents at the now-shuttered Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died amid sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma in 2017.
A poster board in memoriam of the victims is seen during a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Hollywood, Fla. Police discuss the manslaughter charges they filed against a Florida nursing home administrator and employees for the 2017 heat-related deaths of 12 patients after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning. [BRYNN ANDERSON | AP]
Published Sep. 17

Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Prosecutors have formally charged four ex-employees of a Florida nursing home where a power outage after a hurricane led to 12 patients’ deaths.

The Broward County State Attorney's Office filed a criminal information document Monday listing nine counts of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person against administrator Jorge Carballo and nursing supervisor Sergo Colin.

RELATED: Nursing homes learned their lesson after Irma in 2017. Or did they?

Nurse Althia Meggie faces two counts of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and two counts of tampering with evidence. Nurse Tamika Miller faces six counts of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and two counts of tampering with evidence.

They were arrested last month.

Residents at the now-shuttered Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died amid sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Defense attorneys say their clients are being unfairly blamed for the failures of others.

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