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Employee Failed To Report Scalding, Complaint Says
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 25, 2002

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN--A former employee of Heavenly Care Remember Me Group Home was charged Friday with failing to get emergency medical treatment for a resident whose feet were severely scalded during a bath, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Sue R. Wells, 34, could face up to 15 years for felony neglect of a resident over an incident that occurred August 6 of this year.

The state attorney general's office filed a criminal complaint against Wells claiming that she failed to seek medical treatment for the 27-year-old woman with a developmental disability whose feet blistered from the hot bath water. The woman experienced second-degree burns and may require skin grafts.

The complaint also claims that an on-call nurse was telephoned soon after the incident, but failed to respond because she didn't have a ride and "simply wanted to go back to sleep." The nurse later said that she tried repeatedly to call a doctor. The doctor's answering service told authorities that the nurse never called.

A nursing assistant at the home eventually called the resident's parents to report the blisters on her feet. When the parents saw the seriousness of her injuries, they immediately took her to the hospital for treatment, the complaint says.

It was 15 hours after the scalding incident.

Wells was later fired from the home which has eight residents.

The investigation is continuing. Charges have not been filed against the on-call nurse.

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