Investigation continues into Augusta personal care home where 2 found dead. Here’s what we know. – News – The Augusta Chronicle
A medical examiner is still working on the autopsy reports for two elderly residents of an Augusta personal care home who were found dead, but three of their four fellow residents who were hospitalized Sunday have been released and are now in their families’ care.
The bodies of 84-year-old Georgia Blount and 75-year-old Sylvia Reid were discovered at First Love Personal Care Home at 2403 Wrightsboro Road on Sunday morning after an employee of the home called 911.
According to the 911 call, the employee found Blount unresponsive with blood coming out of her mouth. While a sheriff’s deputy and Gold Cross EMS were on the scene, Reid’s body was found in similar condition in another room, according to the incident report.
The unidentified employee told the emergency operator she didn’t know CPR, a violation of state regulations. It was one of the violations cited during a Jan. 13 inspection that — according to the state’s Department of Community Health’s facilities regulations division — should have been corrected by the owner and verified by the state months ago.
The facilities regulations division has suspended annual inspection of the state’s personal care homes because of the pandemic, but complaint investigations have continued, the department’s Fiona Roberts said via email this week.
At the First Love Personal Care Home on Wrightsboro Road, there was a complaint filed in July but an employee didn’t find any violation of state regulations, according to the agency’s report.
District attorney’s office Investigator William Loomer, who heads the Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly personal care home task force, said he had made numerous complaints to the state about Carol Lisenbee’s three personal care homes on Wrightsboro Road, Old Savannah Road and Milledgeville Road. Nothing was ever done, Loomer said Thursday.
In May, Loomer submitted wanted posters to media outlets for help in locating sisters Kiana Harrison and Lakisha Harrison because of suspicions they might have committed financial crimes against residents at First Love homes. The next day, Lisenbee called the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to report someone had stolen the Harrisons’ personnel files. Their mother worked at the Milledgeville Road home, Lisenbee told the responding deputy.
Neither Harrison has been found yet, and both are believed to have moved out of state, Loomer said.
Although state inspectors have found violations at the Wrightsboro Home, it has scored better on inspections than the other two homes. According to a July 23 inspection, the First Love home at 2734 Milledgeville Road was infested with roaches and bed bugs, and one resident had been hospitalized with bed bug bites the month before.
Loomer said he is still waiting for reports from code inspection and the fire department for all three homes. The Wrightsboro Road home on Sunday was incredibly hot inside, 130 degrees, and infested with bed bugs, he said.
911 calls from First Love Personal Care Home in 2020