CHILLICOTHE - A Laurelville woman has pleaded guilty to abusing one of her patients in March at a Chillicothe nursing home.
Kali Jo Craiglow, of 26834 Tarlton-Adelphi Road in Laurelville, pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony. The prosecution requested a 14-month sentence and asked the judge to consider victim impact statements.
Reports on the incident stated the 85-year-old female victim was found with injuries and tears to her clothing, as well as with a bloody pillowcase on the floor of her room, on March 12 at Westmoreland Place after Craiglow, who was a state tested nursing assistant, had been in her room. The Chillicothe police report noted Craiglow had claimed the victim had been belligerent toward her and calling her names.
Officials at Westmoreland Place told investigators the STNA should not have been alone with the resident and was fired the same day. Within days of the incident, Craiglow was jailed in Pickaway County on charges in an unrelated incident.
In an inspection report by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Medicare's website, investigators found Westmoreland Place "failed to ensure residents were protected from physical abuse resulting in actual harm by facility staff during the provision of direct care by a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA)." Two of three residents questioned reported being abused by the same STNA.
While names were redacted in the report, details are consistent with the details from the Chillicothe police investigation, which was done in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
Craiglow, who was indicted by a Ross County grand jury in September, is serving time in a community-based correctional facility on a burglary conviction out of Pickaway County. She is set to be sentenced in the Ross County case at 1 p.m. Feb. 6.
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