SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A worker at Bluegrass Oakwood has been accused of provoking two mentally disabled residents to fight.
The Commonwealth Journal (http://bit.ly/1a3rHvA) cited a statement from the state attorney general's office in reporting that 22-year-old Coty King of Pine Knot was charged with two counts of knowing neglect of a vulnerable adult. He was arrested Monday. Online jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney.
The statement from the attorney general's office says King allegedly enticed one patient at Bluegrass Oakwood to hit another patient.
The facility in Somerset 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.
Bluegrass.org referred questions to the state Cabinet of Health and Family Services, which said in a statement Tuesday that an investigation continues.
"Immediately after learning of the alleged actions of Coty King, Bluegrass notified all appropriate law enforcement and licensure agencies," Cabinet spokeswoman Jiff Midkiff said. "King was arrested yesterday as he reported for work. The Cabinet's Office of the Inspector General is conducting a full investigation, which is ongoing.
"Additionally, all personnel who may have been involved were also pulled from direct care until the investigation is complete."
Information from: Commonwealth Journal, http://www.somerset-kentucky.com