The father of former Trump advisor H.R. McMaster died under suspicious circumstances last month. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has announced the nurse charged with his care will be indicted for involuntary manslaughter.
A nurse was charged Thursday in the death of the father of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser after authorities said she failed to give him a series of neurological exams following his fall at a Philadelphia senior care facility. Christann Shyvin Gainey, 30, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, neglect and records tampering in the death of H.R. McMaster Sr.
The 84-year-old retired U.S. Army officer died April 13, about eight hours after falling and hitting his head at the Cathedral Village retirement community. Surveillance video showed that Gainey, who worked as a contract nurse at Cathedral Village, failed to conduct a series of eight neurological evaluations of McMaster as required, prosecutors said. Gainey then allegedly falsified documents to make it seem she had.
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An assistant nursing director told police that after McMaster's death, she asked Gainey whether the nurse had conducted the required evaluations of McMaster. Gainey replied she had and said, "They were fine," according to a police affidavit. When the supervisor noted the last entry on McMaster's neurological chart indicated that an evaluation had been performed 20 minutes after his death, Gainey told her, "Well, I falsified that one," the affidavit said. Police reviewed about eight hours of surveillance video and concluded Gainey had failed to perform a single neurological exam. A medical examiner ruled McMaster died of "blunt impact head trauma."
"Gainey could have saved Mr. McMaster's life had she simply done her job. Instead, she intentionally ignored her job responsibilities, falsified paperwork, and lied to her supervisors to cover up this inexcusable conduct," Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference Thursday.
The nurse appears to have neglected McMaster's father, a stroke patient, who required round the clock care and did not receive it. The autopsy report conducted by authorities has been released, but it seems to be yet another case of neglect of the elderly that is occurring in facilities across the nation.