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Mich. Attorney General Files Charges

October 12, 2001

DETROIT (AP) _ Involuntary manslaughter charges have been filed in the deaths of two residents in separate nursing homes, the state attorney general said Thursday.

Ann Denise Brocks, 41, and the Macharia Kambon adult foster care home were charged in the January asphyxiation death of Karen Peltier, 38, a disabled, deaf and blind long-term resident.

A complaint contends Peltier, who required regular feeding through a tube, died of severe malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia. At the time of her death, Peltier, who was 4-feet, 9-inches tall, weighed 45 pounds.

Attorney General Jennifer Granholm alleges Brocks and manager Yvonne Denise Waters-Brown tried to cover up Peltier’s death by injecting her with more than twice the amount of food substitute she would have received for a normal feeding.

Waters-Brown, 44, is charged as an after-the-fact accessory to involuntary manslaughter.

``There is no case against these people at all,″ said Waters-Brown’s lawyer, Elbert Hatchett. ``If they had done any kind of investigation they would have found that.″

Brocks’ attorney, Cyril Hall, said physicians examined Peltier during her 16 years at the nursing home and did not complain about her treatment.

In a separate case, Granholm filed involuntary manslaughter charges against Linda Johnson-Woods, a registered nurse at the Omni Continuing Care nursing home, in the December asphyxiation death of cancer patient Roman Rzendzian, 62.

Rzendzian’s tracheotomy tube required regular suctioning to ensure a clear airway and Granholm alleges Johnson-Woods had exclusive responsibility to perform this duty the night he died.

Granholm alleges Rzendzian’s room call light went off at least three times in 15 minutes but Johnson-Woods took no action and went home. Rzendzian died shortly afterward.

There was no telephone listing in Detroit for Johnson-Woods and she could not be reached for comment.


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