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Caretakers charged in resident's death at Good Shepherd

Felony charges are on file against two caretakers said to be responsible for the death of an elderly resident at the Good Shepherd Manor in Momence. An autopsy report of Charles McLaughlin indicates he was left inside a hot van for three hours. He died in June at the Good Shepherd Manor.

Good Shepherd Manor is a home for men with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Daily-Journal reports Elizabeth Cook and Heidi Jones were Charles McLaughlin's caretakers on June 11, the day he died after being left in a van on a hot day. Both women have been charged with two Class 3 felony counts of criminal neglect of a long-term care facility resident resulting in death.

A Class 3 felony charge carries a minimum sentence of two to five years. At the judge's discretion, the term can be up to 10 years.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe explained that ‘reviewed every single document, every single training manual, every report from the paramedics, from the facility, from the sheriff's department, and it’s his belief the standard of care that a patient should be entitled to in a long-term care facility was not met."

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