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Blossom North Nurses Accused Of Neglect Appear In Court

Ten Blossom North employees were in court Friday after they were charged earlier this week for not properly caring for a patient.
Ten Blossom North employees were in court Friday after they were charged earlier this week for not properly caring for a patient.

"Justice for me is having my dad back, but I can't have him back right now. So it's just rough. Justice is whatever the judge hands down," Angel Pabon said.

Angel Pabon faced the 10 nurses and nurse's aides accused of neglecting his father, Miguel, at Blossom North Nursing Home for the first time in court. Miguel Pabon passed away last week. Angel brought his father's ashes to court for the arraignment. 

"Just so the individuals can see that he's still here," Angel said.

The Attorney General's office says hidden cameras put in Pabon's room at Blossom North captured the alleged neglect between March and April of last year. The women are accused of failing to administer medicine and provide incontinence and bed mobility care. Pabon's family wants to know if the alleged neglect led to his death.

"We're going to ask that the Department of Health look into things and if there is enough there for criminal charges, then we'll ask that the authorities pursue those as well," family attorney Jacqueline Thomas said. 

Thomas wants to see more people held responsible for the alleged neglect. 

"We think the people that were missing in that courtroom were the administratiors [and] the owners," she said.

Pabon says he is not sure if he wants to see Blossom North shut down, but is concerned about other residents. 

"Yeah, I really am. If this happened to my dad I wouldn't put it past anybody," he said.

The women are due back in court next month. Pabon says he plans to follow the case every step of the way until justice is served. 
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