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Owner Of Residential Care Home Charged With Abuse And Criminal Neglect In The Death Of A Vulnerable Adult

CONTACT: Linda A. Purdy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 241-4440

August 30, 2007 - Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Crystal Hudson, age 36, of Concord, Vermont, was arraigned August 28, 2007, in Vermont District Court for Essex County on one count of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and one count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult, both misdemeanors. Ms. Hudson was released on standard conditions, plus a condition that she cannot provide direct care to any vulnerable adults that would require a license.

The charges stem from the unexpected death of a twenty-two-year-old resident, diagnosed with Schizophrenic Affective Disorder, who died in April 2005 at the Mountain View Home in Concord, Vermont. The Mountain View Home is a state-licensed, Level III Care Facility, which provides living space, supervision, and medical assistance to the residents, most of whom are diagnosed with a mental illness. Ms. Hudson, at the time of the resident’s death, was the owner and licensed operator of the facility. According to court papers filed with the court, the charges against Hudson relate to failing to train and supervise her staff to identify symptoms and side effects of psychoactive drugs and failing to notify the resident’s physician or the Mountain View nurse when the resident showed severe symptoms of side effects from such medication.

Hudson pleaded innocent to the charges. If convicted of both charges, she faces potential penalties totaling three years imprisonment and $20,000.00 in fines. Ms. Hudson’s license to operate a residential care home was revoked by the Department of Aging and Independent Living earlier this summer.

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