Three former employees at Genesis HealthCare’s Edmonson Center nursing home pleaded not guilty Monday to several charges stemming from allegations of residential abuse.
Jerry Snyder, Kelly Duvall and Kayla Kinser will return to Edmonson Circuit Court on Dec. 15 following their arraignments.
Snyder, 30, of Leitchfield, is charged with 14 counts each of first-degree criminal abuse, knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult and fourth-degree assault, plus two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment.
Duvall, 49, of Sweeden, and Kinser, 22, of Leitchfield, each face charges of four counts of first-degree criminal abuse, knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult and fourth-degree assault, along with two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment.
The indictments against the one-time employees accuse them of abusing two women who reside at the nursing home between August 2013 and February.
The Kentucky State Police, the Office of Inspector General and Adult Protective Services participated in an investigation into the facility that resulted in criminal charges against the three former staffers.
One of the women identified as a victim, Mary Virginia Lush, recently filed a civil lawsuit in Edmonson Circuit Court against the nursing home through her guardian, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Lush, who has lived at the Brownsville facility since 2000, claims negligence on the part of the facility, its owners and administrator.
The lawsuit alleges that Lush suffered physical and mental abuse, including black eyes and bruising on her neck, back, arms and face because of negligent and wanton behavior by nursing home personnel.
Lush’s suit also claims that the defendants failed to provide necessary care, services and supervision and failed to ensure that laws and regulations designed to protect the health and safety of residents were followed.
The civil suit is pending in circuit court.