Home Fined For Scalding Incident
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 18, 2003
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN--On August 6, a 27-year-old woman received 2nd-degree burns when her feet were scalded in the bathtub at her group home.
Then a staff member put the woman to bed.
Last week, Heavenly Care Remember Me Inc., the corporation that operates the home, was fined $10,000 after pleading no contest to one count of neglect over the incident, the Journal-Sentinel reported.
Court records show that the resident, who has a developmental disability, did not receive medical treatment for 15 hours after the incident. She was taken to the hospital only after her parents were called to the home.
"It's beyond belief that that caregiver would burn her this badly and then put her in bed," Assistant Attorney General William Hanrahan said Wednesday. "The pain must have been excruciating."
The staff member responsible for the burns, Sue R. Wells, 34, pleaded no contest earlier to one count of neglect. Wells faces up to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced next month.
According to criminal complaints, the scalding occurred during a time when the group home's operator said she was having problems with employees raising the temperature on the water heater without permission.