Disabled adult ends up in hospital, 2 arrested

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The owner of a Jacksonville group home and an employee of the home were arrested Monday after a resident in their care ended up in the hospital and had to have surgery.

Leathia Bonner, 47, owner of Herlea's Residential Care Group Home, and Linda Ginn, 59, are each charged with neglect of a disabled adult, according to a release from the office of Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were informed by the Florida Department of Children and Families that Ginn and Bonner did not provide medical attention to a resident of the home. That resident subsequently had to undergo surgery at a hospital and is now recovering.

Ginn and Bonner each face $5,000 in fines and up to five years in prison if convicted, according to the release.

According to John Harrell with DCF, Northeast Florida ranks second in the state in group home abuse cases. First For You, Harrell said if you have a loved one in a group home:

-Check in with them from time to time
-Look for injuries
-See if they're not clean
-Make sure the staff knows you're there
-Watch for changes in your loved one's behavior

Group home complaints can be reported by calling 1-800-962-2873.

Harrell said the Agency for Healthcare Administration will make the decision on whether to close Herlea's Residential Care Group Home.


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