Two Ohio nursing home employees, Rachel Friesel and Destini Fenbert, have pleaded guilty in the preventable death of a 76-year-old woman who was allowed to wander outside when they failed to supervise her, and died of hypothermia. Apparently, they failed to supervise the vulnerable adult and then tried to cover up their neglect. That happens often in nursing home cases.
The Courier reports Friesel and Fenbert pleaded guilty to felony forgery and misdemeanor gross patient neglect. The county prosecutor only recommended that the women receive probation. Evidence proved that Friesel and Fenbert falsified a log showing someone had checked on Phyllis Campbell, who had dementia, at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Jan. 7. Investigators learned that Campbell left the building around 12:30 a.m. Her body was found outside eight hours later. The overnight low was 2 degrees below zero.