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Three caregivers at a Colorado assisted living and memory care community are facing felony charges in the death of an 86-year-old resident who was left outside in the heat for six hours, according to state Attorney General Phil Weiser.

Jamie Johnston, Jenny Logan and Letticia Martinez, who worked at Cappella of Grand Junction, Grand Junction, CO, were responsible for the death of Hazel Place on June 14, an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Colorado Department of Law and the Grand Junction Police Department concluded, Weiser’s office announced last week.

The three have been charged with the negligent death of an at-risk person and criminally negligent homicide, both felonies. Martinez and Johnston also are charged with second-degree forgery, a misdemeanor.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office told McKnight’s Senior Living that he could not provide any additional information because the case is active.

According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature in Grand Junction, CO, on June 14 was 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cappella of Grand Junction is Christian Living Communities community. In a statement shared with McKnight’s Senior Living, the company said:

“We are aware that the Colorado Attorney General’s office filed criminal negligence charges against three care partners in connection with the death of a resident earlier this summer.

“While we cannot share details regarding this resident’s passing, we do want you to know that we immediately reported the circumstances surrounding the resident’s passing to the appropriate regulatory agencies and launched our own internal investigation. Additionally, we have cooperated with the Colorado Attorney General’s investigation of this matter.

“Our internal investigation resulted in the dismissal of two team members, who were subsequently charged by the Colorado Attorney General .The third team member is now on investigatory leave.

“We are very saddened by the passing of this beloved resident, and we continue to send our sincerest sympathy to this resident’s family and friends.

“At this time, we cannot make any other further comments as we focus on the support of residents, team members, and families and honor the right to privacy of all involved during this process.

“We care for each other. It is one of our most deeply held values as a community, and the ideal we strive for in our daily work in creating a wonderful community where older adults share in making a home.”

Court records indicate that the next hearing in the case will be Oct. 5.

CBS4 of Denver said it looked at the senior living community’s previous inspection history with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The most recent time the community was cited, according to the television station, was last year. At that time, the community was cited for not following proper COVID-19 protocols; the citation was the only one issued to the community in 2020, CBS4 reported.

Updated Sept. 27 to include a statement from Christian Living Communities.