Administrator takes plea in nursing home death

In 2012, 72-year-old Aurelia Rios died after prosecutors say workers at Medford Multicare Center ignored several alarms, and failed to hook the woman up to a ventilator.

In 2012, 72-year-old Aurelia Rios died after prosecutors say workers at Medford Multicare Center ignored several alarms, and failed to hook the woman up to a ventilator. (9/11/15)

RIVERHEAD - A former top administrator at a Medford nursing home admitted Friday to covering up the death of a woman at the facility.

In 2012, 72-year-old Aurelia Rios died after prosecutors say workers at Medford Multicare Center ignored several alarms, and failed to hook the woman up to a ventilator.

David Fielding admitted that he withheld the alarm log from two separate investigations into Rios' death. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of falsifying business records and one count of violating public health laws.

As News 12 has reported, Fielding is just the latest staffer to either plead guilty or be convicted by a jury in connection with the case. A total of nine people were arrested in connection to Rios' death.

As part of his plea deal, Fielding is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation. He will also have to surrender his health care administrative license. He's expected to spend seven days in jail.

Fielding will not be able to re-apply for his health care administrative license until after his probation period comes to an end.

His sentencing is set for mid-November.

 

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