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Nurse Requests Bond Reduction In Patient Death Case

Posted On February 13, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Kathy Hess Dearborn County Sheriff's Dept.

Kathy Hess
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Dept.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A bond reduction hearing takes place in a Dearborn County courtroom Friday for a nurse accused in a nursing home resident’s death.

Kathy Hess, 58, of Bright, was charged last week with Battery Resulting in Death (Class B felony), Neglect of a Dependant Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Class B felony), and Reckless Homicide (Class C felony). The charges relate to the death of Dionne Scalf.

Hess’ attorney, Robert Ewbank, has requested that Dearborn Superior Court I Judge Jonathan Cleary lower her bond from $50,000 cash and surety. Cleary could rule at Friday’s hearing.

For now, Hess remains in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.

Hess, who worked at Woodland Hills Care Center in Lawrenceburg, allegedly shook 77-year-old Dionne Scalf, causing a fractured vertebra on December 20, investigators say. A witness to the alleged incident told police she saw Hess shake Scalf, who soon afterwards ceased breathing.

Lawrenceburg EMS was called to the nursing home and transported Scalf to nearby Dearborn County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead just 14 minutes after arrival.

An autopsy determined the vertebra injury led to Scalf’s death.

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