Ponca City, OK

Now: 93 °F

Currently: Partly Cloudy

Hi: 93 °F | Lo: 68 °F

Thursday

Hi: 91 °F 

Lo: 69 °F

Friday

Hi: 91 °F 

Lo: 69 °F

Saturday

Hi: 95 °F 

Lo: 72 °F

Sunday

Hi: 94 °F 

Lo: 75 °F

Monday

Hi: 93 °F 

Lo: 75 °F

Autopsy report confirms veteran’s cause of death in Oklahoma

The Associated Press and Tulsa World - May 13, 2017 10:24 am

Autopsy report confirms veteran’s cause of death in Oklahoma
(Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)
TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) – A new autopsy report from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office confirms that a man who was a patient at a state-run veterans’ home died after choking on a two-foot plastic trash bag.
The Tulsa World reports that 70-year-old Leonard Smith was a dementia patient living in a special-needs unit at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Talihina.
On Jan. 31, Smith choked to death after being given food, fluids and medication. A medical provider later found that Smith had a plastic bag lodged deep in his throat.
Oklahoma State Department of Health investigators determined that the facility “failed to provide sufficient staff” to protect Smith’s safety.
The center’s officials have said that four employees of the nursing home have been reported to their respective licensing boards for possible disciplinary action in the case.

Image: KFOR

 

Latest Stories

Oklahoma attorney general seeks to dismiss preapproval case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma’s attorney general has requested that state regulators dismiss a preapproval case...

Man wanted in Louisiana bank robbery caught in Oklahoma

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The FBI says a 24-year-old man accused of robbing a Louisiana bank...

Airbnb to start remitting hotel tax in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The home-sharing company Airbnb says it’s reached a deal to begin collecting...