Updated May 10, 2018 2:50 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA – A nurse was charged on Thursday for negligent homicide, neglect and falsification of documents to appear to have previously passed exams to President Trump's father National Security Advisor He
Christann Shyvin Gainey, 30, was charged with the death of HR McMaster Sr., who died on April 1
"This nurse violated the trust that was given to her by her patients and their families," Justice Minister Josh Shapiro said. "… We will hold her to account because she did not fulfill her job and then lied about it."
Shapiro said Gainey did not complete eight required checks on McMaster Sr., even though she had done the paperwork.
Surveillance video showed that Gainey failed to complete the series of neurological evaluations of McMaster after a fall, the office of the President's Office of Pennsylvania said. Shapiro said the checks saved the life of McMaster senior.
It was not immediately known if Gainey, who worked at the facility as a contract employee, had a lawyer who spoke on her behalf. The telephone numbers listed for them sounded unanswered on Thursday afternoon.
McMaster was an 84-year-old retired US Army officer. His son served as National Security Advisor to Trump from February 2017 until March 22,.
"Our father … was a tough and compassionate soldier and officer," McMaster's daughter Letitia McMaster said in a statement. "The best way to honor His memory is to do all we can to prevent others from suffering in the hands of those who have no compassion and abandon even the most basic standards of human decency." Today's charges are important Step forward on this connection. "
McMaster was admitted to rehabilitation after a stroke in Cathedral Village on April 9. Three days later, according to court records, he was found by a nurse on the floor of his room, who alerted Gainey, the nurse.
The Cathedral Village policy calls for close neurological surveillance of patients who are upside down, including reviews every 15 minutes for the first hour and every hour for the next three hours.
A deputy nurse director told the police that after McMaster's death, she asked Gainey if the nurse had performed the necessary assessments of McMaster. Gainey replied that she had and said, "They were fine," according to a sworn statement from the police.
When the supervisor noted that the last entry in McMaster's neurological table indicated that an investigation had been made 20 minutes after his death, Gainey said to her, "Well, I faked that," the affidavit said Statement.
The police inspected surveillance videos for about eight hours and concluded that Gainey had not performed a single neurological examination.
A coroner ruled that McMaster died of "dull head trauma".
"When a family chooses a retirement home, they do not expect their lover to be found dead in the lobby of a place that should take care of him," said Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a Thursday press conference. "This nurse ignored her job duties, faked paperwork, lied to her superiors and neglected Mr. McMaster, who died."
Cathedral Village officials said they would work with investigators last month. They also said they had contacted the Ministry of Health and initiated an internal investigation.
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