Laurel caregiver admits abusing retarded woman

Jackson, MS (State Attorney General's Office)--A Laurel caregiver has pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult in her care, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Linda House, 54, of 632 Beacon Street in Laurel, pleaded guilty April 1 to one count of misdemeanor abuse before Judge Howell Beech in the Jones County Justice court.
House was sentenced to six months in the county jail, with six months suspended. She was placed on one year of supervised probation and ordered to complete a court-approved anger management program. She was also ordered to pay a fine and court costs, as well as investigative costs.
"If the defendant fails to meet conditions of probation, she will serve her term behind bars," said Hood.
House was charged with abuse for pouring cold water on a resident--diagnosed with mental retardation and Down Syndrome--at the Alexander Milne Home for Women in Laurel, where House worked.  House became frustrated at the resident for not being able to stand while she attempted to shower her.  House then left the resident unattended on the bathroom floor when it was her responsibility to supervise her.  
"Caregivers really have to control their feelings of frustration when dealing with vulnerable patients," said Hood.  "There can be no tolerance for abuse, intentional or unintentional."

This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Attorney General's Office.