Laxative prank could put former nursing home workers in jail
By Peter Mathews
CENTRAL KENTUCKY BUREAU
An alleged prank by two former workers at an Estill County nursing home could send them to prison.
Lisa Kilburn, 27, and Kim Congleton, 30, both certified nursing assistants at Irvine Health and Rehabilitation Center, are accused of giving laxatives to patients who did not need them.
The intended targets of the prank were nursing assistants on the next shift, Attorney General Greg Stumbo said in a statement, calling the conduct “an outrage to human decency and dignity.”
Elderly and medically fragile patients who were given the suppositories reported pain and rectal bleeding. As many as eight patients were affected, said Vicki Glass, spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.
The alleged incident occurred Oct. 18, 2004. The nursing home reported the incident to state and local authorities, said Glenn Cox, its administrator.
The women, both from Irvine, were terminated.
“The behavior displayed by these two employees was completely deplorable and unacceptable,” Cox said.
Kilburn and Congleton were indicted today on two counts each of second-degree criminal abuse and complicity in criminal abuse. Each count carries a potential penalty of one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
They will be arraigned in Estill Circuit Court on Oct. 6.
No charges will be filed against the nursing home, which assisted in the investigation, Glass said.
Gives new meaning to the term "dumb shits".