Last month, Ohio County prosecutors dropped charges against a Northwood Health Systems employee accused of hitting and swearing at an elderly woman with a developmental disability in a Kroger parking lot in May.
Now, the woman's guardian and one witness are questioning why those abuse charges were dismissed.
The alleged victim in the case, 64-year-old Mary Ann Kaib, lived at Northwood's Ritz Avenue Group Home in Wheeling.
She died Sept. 21, one of three Northwood clients to die while under their care in the last two months. There is no indication the incident in May is related to her death.
Two of these deaths and other allegations led the state Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification to decide not to renew Northwood's license to operate, effective Oct. 1. But state officials are allowing Northwood to stay open during negotiations.
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Witness, Guardian Ask Why Abuse Charges Were Dropped Against Northwood Employee