Plea in patient's death by hot cereal

August 7, 2009 4:12:40 AM PDT
A former nursing home aide has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of an elderly Alzheimer's patient who was fed scalding hot cereal last fall.

VIDEO: Chad Pradelli's June 2009 report

Fifty-five-year-old Alvador Thompson tearfully apologized in Montgomery County Court on Thursday as she entered the plea. Her attorney, Norris Gelman, says she has "a tremendous amount of remorse."

The 79-year-old patient died two weeks after Thompson fed him Oct. 8 at the Cambridge-Brightfield Assisted Living/Hospice Care center in Hatfield Township. The coroner said the burns contributed to his death and ruled the case a homicide.

Prosecutors agreed that the defendant did not intend to hurt her patient but said her actions were negligent. Thompson could be sentenced to a maximum of 2½ to five years. Sentencing guidelines recommend a minimum term of three to 12 months.

Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com

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