Caretaker Charged in Cream of Wheat Death

Published June 22, 2009

A caretaker at a Pennsylvania nursing home has been charged with killing a 79-year-old man by force-feeding him lava-hot cereal.

Alvador Thompson, 55, of Hatfield, Pa., is charged with dumping the scalding cup of Cream of Wheat into the mouth of an Alzheimer's patient at the Cambridge-Brightfield Assisted Living Facility in Hatfield Township.  An employee told investigators that Ronald Myers put out his arm to stop Thompson from feeding him the hot Cream of Wheat, "but she kept feeding him anyway," according to court records. The cereal severely burned Ronald Myers' lip, tongue, and the inside of his mouth, CBS 3 reports. 

The incident occurred Oct. 8, 2008 but was not reported immediately to authorities, officials said. A half-day elapsed before Myers received hospital treatment; he then stopped eating and died because of the scalding, court papers said.

Thompson was charged with involuntary manslaughter, neglect of a care dependent person and related charges. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor, she faces up to five years in prison.

Thompson waived her preliminary hearing on Wednesday and was released on $5,000 bail. Her arraignment has been scheduled for Aug. 5.

Written by BET.com Staff

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