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Nursing home owners charged with 34 counts of homicide

Debra Marshall of Violet, La., looks around the Senate chambers of the Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, as she seeks information regarding the status of her 85-year old mother Laura Lae, who was a resident of St. Ritas Nursing Home in lower St. Bernard Parish. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

They had a plan to get the elderly patients out, but they didn’t do it (Bloomberg):

Louisiana’s attorney general filed 34 criminal charges against the husband and wife who own St. Rita’s Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish, where 34 decomposing bodies were found after Hurricane Katrina swept through the state. Salvador A. Mangano and Mable Mangano surrendered to authorities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, today and are being charged with 34 counts of negligent homicide, Attorney General Charles C. Foti told reporters today at a news conference in Baton Rouge. Attorneys for the couple couldn’t immediately be reached by Bloomberg News.

“Thirty-four people drowned in a nursing home when it should have been evacuated,” Foti said. `”They didn’t follow the standard of care of what a reasonable person would follow.”

St. Rita’s Nursing Home had a plan to evacuate its 60 residents before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29. The couple failed to evacuate the elderly residents though they were required to do so, Foti said. Because of that decision, 34 bodies, perhaps including some staff, have been recovered.

… “The pathetic thing in this case is that they were asked if they wanted to move and they did not move,” Foti said. “They were warned repeatedly.”

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