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Grand Jury Indicts L.I. Nursing Home Employees In Connection With Patient’s Death

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork/AP) — A grand jury has indicted at least six employees of a Long Island nursing home in connection with the death of a 72-year-old patient.

The Suffolk County grand jury indictment accuses Medford Multicare Center for Living, its administrator, respiratory therapy director and several nurses of neglect leading to the October 2012 death of Aurelia Rios of Central Islip.

All of the workers were arrested on similar charges in February.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Rios died because she wasn’t attached to a ventilator as ordered by her doctors.

Forty-six counts in the new indictment handed up May 23 were made public on a state court website.

Newsday reports that lawyers for the nursing home employees said their clients are respected professionals who committed no crimes.

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