The nursing home resident, Virginia Cole, died in 2006 and was amongst those listed as a victim in indictments that were recently returned by a grand jury in McHenry County. The employees were nursing director Penny Whitlock and nurse Marty Himebaugh. Himebaugh has been accused of giving some of the patients excessive doses of morphine or giving morphine to those who did not need it at all. Whitlock has been accused of not taking any action to stop her because she was Himebaugh's supervisor. The criminal indictment says that Himebaugh was encouraged to be an "Angel of Death" by the director of nursing. As a result of the accusations, Whitlock was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for destroying drugs to throw off the investigation and also charged with five counts of felony neglect of a long-term resident. Himebaugh was charged with obtaining a substance by fraud, felony neglect of a long-term resident, and unlawful distribution of morphine.
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However, the family nor Levin could explain the alleged overdoses, so the criminal indictment is not blaming Whitlock or Himebaugh for Cole's death. The reason is because the prosecution says there is not enough information to support the allegations. Nursing home administrator Alissa Nataupsky says that there was no wrongdoing happening within the nursing home.
Levin says that the family will be filing the lawsuit in Cook County by April 11, 2008. He has also stated that the suit will also name WRHC & RC Inc. as a defendant in the case because they are the former owners of the nursing home.
By Ginger Gillenwater