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Nursing home lapses precede killing; Request to examine suspect fizzles out

Louisiana New Orleans, LA - About 36 hours before Bernice Mayeaux was killed at a Mandeville nursing home, staff members had decided to seek a psychiatric evaluation of her roommate, Karolina Glover, 71, whom police say bludgeoned Mayeaux, 95, with a metal drawer handle. But Pontchartrain Health Care Center failed to get in touch with a doctor, and that failure is one of several deficiencies cited by the state Department of Health and Hospitals in a recently released report.

February 4, 2007

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