BROWNSVILLE — Three people accused of abusing residents at Edmonson Center Nursing Home are scheduled to face trial in February.

Edmonson Circuit Judge Ronnie Dortch on Monday set a Feb. 25 trial date for former Edmonson Center employees Jerry Snyder, Kelly Duvall and Kayla Kinser.

Snyder, 31, of Leitchfield, is charged with 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse, 14 counts of fourth-degree assault, 14 counts of knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult and two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment.

Duvall, 50, of Sweeden, and Kinser, 23, of Leitchfield, are each charged with four counts of first-degree criminal abuse, two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment and four counts of knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult. Duvall also faces four counts of fourth-degree assault, while Kinser is charged also with one count of fourth-degree assault.

The three were charged following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Inspector General and Adult Protective Services.

Two people are identified in court records as victims of abuse, alleged to have taken place at the nursing home between August 2013 and February 2014. 

A pretrial conference is set for Feb. 15.

The two residents named as victims, Jessica Prunty and Virginia Lush, filed civil lawsuits naming the nursing home, its parent company, Genesis HealthCare, and former Edmonson Center administrator Carolyn Torrence as defendants and accuses them of medical and corporate negligence and violations of the Kentucky Resident Rights Statute.

The lawsuits contain allegations that the defendants failed to prevent abuse and neglect at the nursing home, failed to provide staff that were properly qualified and trained and failed to take steps to correct problems in resident care.

Both lawsuits are pending in Edmonson Circuit Court.

An inspection by members of the Kentucky Office of the Inspector General in August 2014 produced a report accusing three former Edmonson Center employees, who are not named in the report, of subjecting residents to abuse by pinching their breasts and noses, putting soap into a resident’s mouth, dropping a naked resident into bed, slapping a resident and putting a gloved finger into a resident’s mouth.

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