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No charges for California nurse who refused to perform CPR

  • Shown is the main gate of Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., Monday March 4, 2013, where an elderly woman died after a nurse refused to perform CPR on her last week. The central California retirement home is defending one of its nurses who refused pleas by a 911 operator to perform CPR on an elderly woman, who later died. "Is there anybody that's willing to help this lady and not let her die," dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department aired by several media outlets. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

BAKERSFIELD — No criminal charges will be filed after a care worker's attention-grabbing refusal to perform CPR on a resident of a Central California independent-living facility, police said.

The Bakersfield Police Department said Wednesday it has closed its investigation into the death of Lorainne Bayless, 87, who died Feb. 26 at Glenwood Gardens while a nurse there refused a 911 dispatcher's pleas to administer CPR, and ignored repeated requests to find someone else who would be willing.

Sgt. Jason Matson of the Bakersfield Police Department said Thursday the investigation had looked into whether the incident constituted elder abuse, but did not reveal criminal wrongdoing. He did not specify any other charges police examined beyond elder abuse.

"Obviously elder abuse would be the first and foremost charge that you would look at," Matson said. "There was nothing in the facts of this case that met any of the elder abuse charges."

The public release of the 7-minute recording caused national outrage, fueled further when the facility's owner claimed the nurse acted appropriately.


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