Senior Center Workers Charged In Death Of Resident

LOUISVILLE, KY - Four people who worked at a Louisville senior center are facing felony charges related to the death of an 86-year-old resident -- including allegedly covering up the incident by moving the woman from the scene and later lying to a Jefferson County grand jury.

Today's edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports Lois Schaefer Bright, a retired teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools, died on July 8, 2006, at Jewish Hospital, a few weeks after falling out of her wheelchair and hitting her head at Four Courts Senior Center, 2100 Millvale Road.

Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Todd Lewis told the C-J that then-employee Rachael Bowerman was pushing Bright in a a wheelchair on June 25, 2006 when it tipped over and she hit her head in the parking lot. Lewis says a number of factors Bowerman was responsible for caused the mishap.

Bowerman is facing the most serious charges, second-degree manslaughter -- which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years -- and wanton abuse or neglect of an adult.

Gail McWhorter, Tonita Thompson and Shaconda Daniel are all accused of being involved in a plot to alter evidence and lying to a grand jury. McWhorter is charged with perjury, tampering with physical evidence and reckless abuse and neglect of an adult.

Thompson and Daniel are both charged with perjury and tampering with physical evidence, felonies carrying a possible prison sentence of up to five years.

All four women, who were indicted Thursday, are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Jefferson Circuit Court. They have not been arrested, reports the Courier-Journal.

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  • by lee Location: kentucky on Feb 25, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    rachael should be punished to the full extent of the law. she took the life of a person who depended on her. She lied about the facts and is guilty of murder.
  • by c Location: fkt on Sep 3, 2007 at 06:49 PM
    Killing the elderly is like killing our children. Inexcusible! If it was an accident, then there would be no need to lie about it or to cover it up. All four of them should be punished to the fullest extent of the law!
  • by Angie on Sep 2, 2007 at 08:19 PM
    They should be charged to the fullest extent. These people are working in a facility where they are supposed to be caring for those who need help. If you can't care for patients just the same as you would your own family members you are in the wrong place. I hope all of these ladies are charged and serve time.
  • by Debra Location: Lancaster on Sep 2, 2007 at 06:34 PM
    People that is responsible for taking care of our elderly should be checked on every month and see if regulations are being kept up with .It seems that they didn't have the woman in the chair right or neglect how they was pushing her. It is funny what they did about hiding what happen if it was an accident ,why hide it.


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