Second Worker Charged with Neglect at Somerset Home for Mentally Disabled

Sep 19, 2013

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has announced the arrest of a second employee at a home in Somerset for the mentally disabled.                                   

Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Cody Burton Wednesday night at his home in Burnside. 

Burton is an employee of Oakwood Manor in Somerset.  His arrest follows Monday’s arrest of 22-year-old Coty King, another Oakwood worker, who’s accused of enticing two patients to hit each other while videotaping the fight on his cell phone. 

Burton is accused of participating in the incident and failing to report it. 

"My office is working hard to help protect our most vulnerable citizens, but all Kentuckians play an important role," General Conway said. "I encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a patient in a nursing home, Medicaid facility or personal care home to immediately report it to our office using our tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP."

Oakwood offers care for people with mental and developmental disabilities. It almost closed after a string of citations in 2005 and 2006, but new management took over in 2007 and allegations of abuse and neglect have been rare in recent years.