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Nurse Charged In Death Of Former Trump Adviser McMaster's Father At Philadelphia Nursing Home

May 10, 2018 - 2:29 pm

PHILADELPHIA (WCBS 880) -- A nurse was charged in the death of the father of former national security adviser H.R. McMaster at a Philadelphia nursing home.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday announced charges against Christann Gainey, 30. She was charged with neglect, involuntary manslaughter, and tampering with records in the April 13 death of Herbert R. McMaster Sr., 84, at the Cathedral Village nursing home in the Upper Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia.

“Gainey could have saved Mr. McMaster’s life had she simply done her job,” Shapiro said.

But he alleged that Gainey not only neglected her duties, but also lied about it in paperwork and to her supervisors.

McMaster Sr., a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, was admitted to Cathedral Village on April 9, Shapiro said. He had recently had a stroke, and his family thought rehab at the nursing home would help him in recovery.

Due to the stroke, McMaster Sr. was at a high risk for falling, Shapiro said. At 11 p.m. April 12, three days after admission, staff found McMaster Sr. on the floor of his room after he suffered a fall when no one else was there, Shapiro said.

Staff found a small cut and blood on the side of McMaster’s head, Shapiro said. Gainey put him in a wheelchair and wheeled him out to the lobby, he said.

Following an unwitnessed fall, neurological assessments are required so that patients’ conditions can be observed, Shapiro said. The assessments are required for every 15 minutes for the first three hours, and hourly for the next three hours, Shapiro said.

Shapiro said Gainey did not conduct any of the seven required neurological assessments on McMaster Sr.

Instead, after seven hours sitting in the lobby in the wheelchair, McMaster Sr. died at 7 a.m., Shapiro said.

Further, Shapiro admitted to lying and said she did conduct the last check even though surveillance video proved otherwise, Shapiro said.

McMaster Sr.’s, son served as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser from February 2017 until April of this year.