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Former Hazard Caregiver Sentenced for Abusing, Neglecting Adult

Posted at 1:08 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 13:08:02-05

HAZARD, Ky. (LEX 18) – A former caregiver was sentenced on charges of abuse of a patient at a Hazard mental and physical disability facility in 2016.

Penny Caudill, 43, of Hazard, was sentenced Thursday in Perry County after pleading guilty to one count of wanton abuse or neglect of an adult, a Class D felony, as a result of an incident that occurred on or about Sept. 29, 2016.

She received three years diverted for a period of three years and is listed on the Kentucky Caregiver Misconduct Registry.

Caudill, acting as a caregiver, observed the injury of an individual but she failed to arrange for professional medical treatment or prepare an incident report, according to court documents.

According to court documents, John Hundley, 42, of Hazard, dragged a man who was participating in adult day training at the Hazard facility across the floor and out onto the front porch of the building.

As a result, the individual suffered significant injuries.

Hundley and Caudill were placed on leave during the investigation and no longer work at the facility.

Caudill’s plea was an Alford plea, which allows a defendant to plead guilty even while unable or unwilling to admit guilt. Hundley was sentenced Nov. 19, 2018, to three years probated for five years and is listed on the Kentucky Caregiver Misconduct Registry.