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2nd caregiver arrested in Somerset abuse case

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A second man now faces charges in connection to an abuse case at a center for the developmentally disabled.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced the arrest of Cody Burton from Burnside, Ky. on two counts of knowing neglect of a vulnerable adult. He's also charged with one count of failure to report the neglect of a vulnerable adult.

Burton, 21, was arrested Wednesday night at his home by deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

Burton is an employee of Oakwood Manor in Somerset. Burton's arrest follows the September 16 arrest of Coty King, another Oakwood employee. King is charged with enticing one developmentally disabled adult patient at the facility to hit another disabled patient and recording the incident on his cell phone. Burton is accused of participating in the incident and failing to report it. Personnel at the Oakwood Manor facility notified an investigator Monday after learning about the incident.

"My office is working hard to help protect our most vulnerable citizens, but all Kentuckians play an important role," General Conway said. "I encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a patient in a nursing home, Medicaid facility or personal care home to immediately report it to our office using our tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP."

Pending his arraignment, Burton was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. King had an arraignment in Pulaski County District Court on Wednesday. The Pulaski County Attorney's Office is handling the initial prosecution of this matter.


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