BROWNSVILLE — Three former Edmonson Center Nursing Home employees who are accused of abusing residents there may get a new trial date.
Trials scheduled for later this week in Edmonson Circuit Court for Jerry Snyder, Kelly Duvall and Kayla Kinser were postponed, and the three co-defendants, who appeared in court Monday with their attorneys for a pretrial conference, were ordered to return to court Aug. 15.
Snyder, 32, of Leitchfield, is charged with 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse, 14 counts of fourth-degree assault, 14 counts of knowingly abusing/neglecting an adult and two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment.
Duvall, 51, of Sweeden, and Kinser, 24, 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/neglecting an adult.
Duvall has also been charged with four counts of fourth-degree assault while Kinser faces one count of fourth-degree assault.
The Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Office of Inspector General and Adult Protective Services cooperated in the investigation into the abuse allegations.
Two people are identified in court records as victims of abuse, which authorities allege took place at the nursing home between August 2013 and February 2014.
The two named victims have filed civil lawsuits that name Edmonson Center, its parent company, Genesis Healthcare and former Edmonson Center administrator Carolyn Torrence as defendants, accusing 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 who were properly qualified and trained and failed to take steps to correct problems in resident care.
Both civil suits 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 that included 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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