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Licensed Nursing Assistant Arrested For Second Degree Murder And Abuse Of Nursing Home Resident

CONTACT: Linda A. Purdy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

January 17, 2012

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Jodi LaClaire, age 37, has been arrested in Bennington, New Hampshire in connection with the death of a nursing home resident in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is seeking her return to the State of Vermont to face charges of second degree murder and abuse of a vulnerable adult in connection with the April 1, 2009, death of a non-diabetic nursing home resident who, the State alleges, died as a result of being injected with insulin by LaClaire.

In April of last year LaClaire was charged with sixteen counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and attempted financial exploitation involving the unauthorized use of the same resident’s credit card. According to documents filed in court, on March 23, 2009, LaClaire was employed as a licensed nursing assistant at the Thompson House Nursing home and was exclusively assigned to the second floor of the facility when the 83 year old nursing home resident, in otherwise good health, fell into an insulin induced coma. The documents allege that LaClaire used the resident’s credit card over the course of the next ten days while the woman was in a coma and after she had died.

The second degree murder charge carries a possible sentence of twenty years to life or life without the possibility of parole. The abuse of a vulnerable adult charge carries a potential maximum sentence of twenty years imprisonment.

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