Loyce Pickquet Agyeman was a nurse serving at the Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation center where she was caught on a hidden camera laughing as a World War II veteran died in front of her gasping for air.
The woman was laughing at the moment James Dempsey, 89, was dying.
The incident, which occurred in 2014, caused the Brookhaven Police Department to launch a criminal investigation and the family of Dempsey filed a lawsuit.
Now justice has been found after the charges were announced on Wednesday.
11Alive reported that a grand jury has indicted two nurses and an aide on numerous charges, including felony murder and neglect to an elder person.
“Wanda Nuckles of Buford, also a former nurse, is charged with depriving an elder person of essential Services, while Mable Turman, a certified nurse assistant from College Park, is charged with Neglect to an elder person,” the report continued.
All of the employees were indicted on one count of concealing the death of another. Which brings the total indictments to five-counts, by the grand jurors.
“In the video deposition, Nuckles originally told Dempsey family attorney Mike Prieto that she rushed to Dempsey’s room when a nurse told her that he had stopped breathing,” the 11Alive report revealed.
Prieto: “From the time you came in, you took over doing chest compressions…correct?”
Nuckles : “Yes.”
Prieto: “Until the time paramedics arrive, you were giving CPR continuously?”
Nuckles : “Yes.”
Clearly no one performed CPR in the video when Nuckles came into the room; nor did she immediately perform CPR.
“Sir, that was an honest mistake,” she said in the deposition. “I was just basing everything on what I normally do.”
When the nurses were having trouble getting the war veteran’s oxygen machine to operate properly, you can hear Nuckles and the others laughing.
What is more shocking is that the nursing facility didn’t fire these women until 10 months after they were made aware of the video, in November 2015.
The Georgia Board of Nursing reported that Nuckles and one other nurse in the video gave up their licenses three years after the incident on a date in September 2017.
11 Alive stated, “After the indictment, warrants were issued for the arrest of Agyeman, Nuckles and Turman. Weeks ago, Brookhaven Police Brandon Gurley said 11Alive’s story was key to re-opening the investigation.”
“It was very instrumental…because there was information in the news report that you guys aired that our detectives had not seen yet,” said Gurley.
The District Attorney’s Elder Abuse and Exploitation Unit plan to prosecute the case and the trial date is pending.