Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Jaylen Brown update

Chicago, Illinois - One of the two home-health care nurses charged with neglect in connection with the death earlier this year of 13-year-old Jaylen Brown has had her nursing license suspended, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the report:

A nurse charged with felony neglect of a disabled person and failure to report a neglected child in connection with the death earlier this year of a 13-year-old disabled boy has had her practical nursing license suspended, according to the October discipline report released today by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Morris Lee Brinkley, 73, one of Jaylen Brown's two home health-care nurses, was charged last month along with his mother, Kesheia Phillips, 29, and Loren Brown, 49, a second nurse who is not related to the boy.

Loren Brown's nursing license, is still active, it is reported, which means that action has yet to be taken in her case.

Readers might recall an earlier FRIDA post that reported on the death in May of Jaylen Brown, who had cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities, of complications from neglected "bone-deep bedsores." Jaylen died at Chicago's La Rabida Children's Hospital, two months after doctors and nurses alerted authorities that he was suffering from neglect and malnourishment after his mother brought him in with a breathing problem. His mother and two health-care nurses were charged initially with felony neglect of a person with a disability and for failing to report a neglected child. However, now that Jaylen's death has been ruled a homicide, police are considering more serious charges against the women.

Earlier reports about this heartbreaking story are here and here.