No charges filed against Carter Place

Posted at 2:22 PM, Jun 11, 2020

BLAIR, Neb. (KMTV) — An assisted living facility in Blair that saw 13 of 23 residents and at least six employees contract COVID-19 will not be facing charges.

On Thursday afternoon, M. Scott Vander Shaaf, Washington County Attorney, announced that he would not be filing any charges against Carter Place.

Shaaf said an investigation was conducted which included interviewing staff members and others with first-hand knowledge about the care, conditions and treatment of residents.

At least one employee told 3 News Now Investigators that there were several instances of "absolute blatant neglect" leading to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Shaaf said investigators were unable to confirm these allegations though.

"Investigators were also aware of media stories that indicated allegations of misconduct," the release said. "Investigators could not confirm this information either through its investigation or because those individuals would not communicate with law enforcement after numerous attempts."

Shaaf said he also reviewed reports from the Department of Health and Human Services before making his decision.

He encourages anyone with information on the outbreak to contact the Blair Police Department.

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