2 women plead not guilty in death at Ohio nursing home


OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) — Two employees of a western Ohio nursing home where a woman died after wandering outdoors on a frigid winter night have pleaded not guilty to charges.

The Lima News reports 36-year-old Rachel Friesel and 20-year-old Destini Fenbert, both of Pandora, were allowed to remain free on personal bonds during a Putnam County court appearance Wednesday.

They face involuntary manslaughter, forgery and gross patient neglect charges in the death of 76-year-old Phyllis Campbell.

A state investigation found Campbell left Hilty Memorial Nursing Home in Pandora about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 7 through a courtyard door equipped with an alarm. The women told investigators they falsely documented two overnight bed checks.

The low temperature in Pandora on Jan. 7 was zero degrees.

Messages were left today with Friesel and Fenbert’s attorneys.

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