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Nursing center indicted in patient death

July 13, 2011 |  8:31 am

A Montrose nursing center has been named in a grand jury indictment for abuse and neglect after a patient killed himself by discharging a handheld fire extinguisher down his throat, officials said.

The indictments were announced Monday against the Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing and Wellness Centre and former administrator, Phyllis Paver, claiming they were complicit in attempts by patient Charles Morrill to kill himself three times before his February 2009 death, State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris announced Monday.

Paver and the facility face one felony count each of dependent adult abuse and neglect, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Calls to Paver’s home phone went unanswered Tuesday.

The indictment stemmed from a California Department of Public Health investigation into the skilled nursing center. Glendale police logged numerous calls for patient walkouts, 911 hang-ups, theft accusations and assaults there, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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