PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - An employee of a local nursing home was arrested after she admitted stealing pain medication from a patient.
Anna Allen, 24, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon on indictments charging her with theft by unlawful taking and wanton abuse/neglect of an adult.
Det. John Tolliver, the Paducah Police Department's prescription drug investigator, reported he was contacted by the facility manager after an employee brought concerns to her attention.
A patient told Tolliver that she became suspicious because her pain was not alleviated after Allen administered her pain medication.
She said she finally held her medicine and did not take it, and checked it after Allen had left the room.
The patient said she found her pain medication had been replaced by another medication.
The patient told another employee of the nursing home what had happened, and the facility manager was informed.
Tolliver and Adult Protective Services representatives then were contacted.
Tolliver presented his investigation to a McCracken County grand jury, which returned the indictments listed above.
During an interview Tuesday afternoon, Tolliver said, Allen admitted having stolen patients' pain medications other times, as well.
She was arrested and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.