South Central Kentucky Caretaker Arrested for Patient Neglect

Oct 25, 2013

Danielle West
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

A woman is under arrest for neglecting a developmentally disabled patient in her care.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's office says 24-year-old Danielle West, of Science Hill, Kentucky was arrested at her home Friday morning.

West worked as a caretaker for London-based Independent Opportunities, which oversees small group homes where people needing individualized medical attention live. West is accused of pouring breathing treatment medication, which was intended for a patient suffering from COPD, down a sink rather than administering it to the patient.

Another Independent Opportunities employee noticed West's actions and notified company officials who conducted an internal investigation and contacted law enforcement.

“Our office took immediate action after learning of this incident,” General Conway said. “I appreciate the work of my investigators and local law enforcement, and I applaud the employee who brought this matter to our attention.”

West was taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center pending her arraignment. The Pulaski County Attorney's Office is handling the initial prosecution of this case.