Two nurses charged with murder in 17-year-old inmate's death
MIAMI (AP) -- Two nurses at a juvenile jail were charged with murder Tuesday, accused of failing to treat a 17-year-old inmate who died of a burst appendix after three days in pain.
In a scathing attack on the juvenile justice system, a Miami-Dade County grand jury said the women skipped examinations or falsified medical records on Omar Paisley, who spent his last days "in agony lying on a concrete bed."
After a nine-month investigation, the grand jury noted in frustration that the state Department of Juvenile Justice is immune to criminal indictments. The panel called for wholesale changes at the jail to "prevent another unnecessary death."
The nurses, Gaile Tucker Loperfido and Dianne Marie Demeritte, were expected to surrender today. They face up to nine years in prison on charges of third-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter of a child. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys.
Though only the nurses were indicted, the panel said several people played roles in Paisley's death.