An Ellisville resident was arrested Thursday and has been charged with felonious abuse of a vulnerable adult.
According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, licensed nurse Bobbie Adams, 30, was allegedly stealing from a hospice patient who was under her care.
“She was taking the medications that were prescribed for the victim and she was stealing those to use for her own benefit and/or selling them for her own benefit and then putting medication in place of that prescribed medication to try to keep from being detected by other family members,” said Sheriff Alex Hodge.
Since this case is under investigation, the sheriff's department is not releasing the name of the company Adams worked for. No details have been given on whether she took care of other hospice patients.
The department said they anticipate additional charges on Adams and possibly even additional arrests.
“It saddens me to think that someone would steal from anyone much less an adult, much less someone who's dying and under hospice care,” said Sheriff Hodge. “It's alarming, it's sad, it's again the culture that we live in. There's no excuse for this type of behavior and it's not going to be tolerated. I can assure you that there's going to be some stiff penalties in this case.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration is now involved in this case as it continues to be investigated.
Adams is scheduled to have her initial appearance Friday.