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Three Plead Guilty to Neglect of Patient

September 16, 2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Three former workers at an assisted living center pleaded guilty to neglecting an 83-year-old Alzheimer’s patient for days after he was beaten by a former nursing aide convicted of his killing.

Prosecutors said the three women failed to get help for William Neff after he was severely beaten by Heidi Tenzer at Alterra Clare Bridge in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Makefield on Sept. 5, 2000.

Neff, a decorated World War II veteran, suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung and internal bleeding in the attack. His injuries weren’t treated for two days and he died a week later.

Tenzer was convicted of third-degree murder last month.

On Monday, three co-workers who testified against her pleaded guilty to neglect of a care dependent person. They were: former administrator Ann McClintock, 32, nurse Patricia Policino, 58, and aide Julia Pearson, 54.

A sentencing date has not been set. Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons said prosecutors will ask for jail time.

Lawyers for the three women did not immediately return messages Monday.

Tenzer, who faces up to 40 years in prison, is awaiting sentencing.

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