DA: Hot cereal leads to man's death

June 17, 2009 3:38:29 PM PDT
A former Montgomery County nursing home employee has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and neglect in connection with the death of an elderly Alzheimer's patient last year. Alvador Thompson worked at the Cambridge-Brightfield Assisted Living Facility in Hatfield, Pa.

The District Attorney's office said Thompson seriously burned 79-year-old Ronald Meyers while she was feeding him back on October 8th.

According to investigators, Thompson was feeding Myers hot cereal for breakfast.

Thompson put the hot cereal in a cup and started to pour it into Meyers' mouth. The hot cereal was not properly cooled down and severely burned Meyers' lip, tongue, and the inside of his mouth, investigators say.

The D.A.'s office says the incident was not immediately reported, and Meyers was taken to the hospital several hours later.

Meyers remained in the hospital for three days, and then returned to his home.

Described by family and other resident assistants as always having a hearty appetite, Meyers stopped eating after receiving the burns in his mouth and throat.

He died on October 23, 2008.

Thompson was arrested in December and is free on bail.

Last week, the coroner said he wants to exhume the man's body to see if a homicide charge is warranted.

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