Two charged with the death of a Jamaican patient in New York

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CMC - Two medical personnel have been charged with the death of a Jamaican psychiatric patient in 2008.

Prosecutors said a nurse and an aide at the sprawling Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn have been charged with allowing Esmin Green, 49, to die on the floor of the psychiatric ward and then covering up her death.

Green was recorded on a surveillance camera tape lying face-down in the emergency room for nearly an hour on June 19, 2008, ignored by staffers and security personnel.

Court documents revealed that nursing aide Easton Royal, 53, allegedly wrote in the observation sheet that Green was doing fine at 6.00 a.m., in the midst of the excruciating 57 minutes the dying woman spent on the floor.

Prosecutors said Royal was arrested on Tuesday and charged with reckless endangerment and falsifying business records. She was arraigned at Brooklyn Criminal Court and released without bail.

Another nurse, whose name was not released, had pleaded guilty last month to similar charges.

A previous report by the New York City's Department of Investigation mentioned that one nurse, identified only as Gonzalo, admitted to making false entries on Green's progress notes after she died.

The city's Medical Examiner's Office said the Jamaican immigrant, who waited some 24 hours in the hospital's psychiatric waiting room, died of blood clots.

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