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Caretaker pleads no contest in Pa. dementia death

October 4, 2013
Associated Press

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — The caretaker of a blind dementia patient who wandered away and drowned in a creek near a central Pennsylvania personal care home has pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter.

The Altoona Mirror ( ) reports 63-year-old Connie Ann Souders entered the plea Thursday in Huntingdon County Common Pleas Court, where she must return for sentencing Dec. 5.

Authorities say 70-year-old Sally Jean Fultz apparently wandered away from the Sleepy Hollow Personal Care Center in Blairs Mills sometime before her body was discovered in the creek about 100 yards away on Oct. 24.

Souders' defense attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday.

District Attorney George Zanic says Souders did nothing to intentionally cause the death, but was negligent.

Zanic says the case sends a message that care homes should be properly equipped and staffed.


Information from: Altoona Mirror,



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