Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

July 16, 2013

Third defendant sentenced in Blair County elder neglect case

HARRISBURG - A Blair County woman, who pled guilty in March to neglect of a care-dependent person, was sentenced this morning to three years probation and a $400 fine. 7-16-13 Koch 250x275

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane identified the defendant as Marjory Koch, 44, 318 Lotz Ave., Altoona. Koch was originally charged in September 2012 with neglect of a care-dependent person. She was employed in 2011 as a caregiver at Warner's Home for the Aged, 1100 14th Ave., Altoona.

Investigators said Koch and two co-defendants neglected an 80-year-old male resident of Warner's Home for the Aged, resulting in bodily injury to the man. The man was left to sit in his urine and feces, was not bathed as frequently as he should have been, and eventually developed wounds on his buttocks, hips, and lower legs due to severe lack of care.   

Koch was sentenced by Blair County Court of Common Pleas Judge Hiram Carpenter, III. In addition to probation and a fine, Koch was ordered to pay costs and is prohibited from working in a healthcare related field.

Two co-defendants, Sherry Jo Warner, the former owner and operator of Warner's Home for the Aged, and Diana Frye, another former aide at Warner's, have already pled guilty to charges pertaining to the neglect of this 80-year-old man.

Warner was sentenced to three months to two years, less one day, in the Blair County Prison. Frye was sentenced in June to 30 days to 24 months, less one day, in the Blair County Prison.

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