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Florida nursing home employees formally charged in patient deaths

The Associated Press

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Prosecutors have formally charged four ex-employees of a Florida nursing home where a power outage after a hurricane led to 12 patients’ deaths.

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office filed a criminal information document Monday listing nine counts of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person against administrator Jorge Carballo and nursing supervisor Sergo Colin.

This undated photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Jorge Carballo,  left, Althia Meggie and Sergo Colin. The three have been charged in the deaths of nursing home patients following Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

Nurse Althia Meggie faces two counts of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and two counts of tampering with evidence. Nurse Tamika Miller faces six counts of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and two counts of tampering with evidence.

They were arrested last month.

Residents at the now-shuttered Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died amid sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Defense attorneys say their clients are being unfairly blamed for failures of others.

A poster board in memoriam of the victims is seen during a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Hollywood, Fla.