Care worker charged in death of woman who FROZE to death in her care

Iowa care home worker, 30, is charged over death of retired social worker, 77, ‘she left to FREEZE to death outside facility for dementia sufferers in -9F weather

  • Catherine Forkpa was charged with dependent adult abuse and intentional reckless abuse following the death of Lynne Harriet Stewart on January 21
  • Forkpa was a 30-year-old employee of Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing at the time of Stewart’s death
  • Polk County deputies said she died of hypothermia after being found in subzero temperatures, and later died at a nearby hospital
  • The lowest temperature recorded that morning was -9 gradi Fahrenheit
  • Forkpa is being held on a $100,000 legame, according to online jail records
  • Un Iowa care home worker has been charged with leaving a 77 year-old retired social worker in her care to die outside in -9F weather.

    Catherine Forkpa, a 30-year-old employee of Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing, was charged with dependent adult abuse and intentional reckless abuse following the death of Lynne Harriet Stewart, 77, a gennaio 21.

    Polk County deputies said Stewart, a widowed mom of one, and grandmother of one, died of hypothermia after being found outside the facility, which cares for adults with Potrebbe Trump, in subzero temperatures. She later died at a nearby hospital, secondo KCCI.

    Further details on how Stewart ended up outside, and how long she had been there prior to her death, have not been released.

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    Catherine Forkpa, an employee of Courtyard Estates, was charged with dependent adult abuse and intentional reckless abuse following the death of Lynne Harriet Stewart on January 21

    Catherine Forkpa, an employee of Courtyard Estates, was charged with dependent adult abuse and intentional reckless abuse following the death of Lynne Harriet Stewart on January 21

    Lynne Harriet Stewart, 77, nella foto, died of hypothermia after being left outside in sub-freezing temperatures while in the care of a Courtyard Estates assisted care facility worker

    Lynne Harriet Stewart, 77, nella foto, died of hypothermia after being left outside in sub-freezing temperatures while in the care of a Courtyard Estates assisted care facility worker


    The lowest temperature recorded that morning was -9 gradi Fahrenheit.

    Stewart had been staying at the assisted living facility, which houses people with dementia.

    An online necrologio for Stewart said: 'In 1971, she became a mother to her daughter, Sara Jayne Gwinn. She later met and married her husband Harry Stewart. Together with family and friends, they enjoyed many camping adventures, road trips, gare, and making unforgettable memories.

    The tribute continued: ‘During her career, Lynne worked for the state of Iowa as a social worker assisting families in need. In her free time, Lynne loved spending time with those she loved, creating beautiful gardens, listening to music, and reading novels. Lynne’s unconditional love, indomitable spirit, beautiful smile, listening ear, banter and wit will be missed.

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office had initially considered the death ‘suspicious,’ l'outlet segnalato.

    The assisted living facility was fined $1,500 nel 2020 for not having a policy or procedure for their alarm system, reports from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals show.

    Nella foto: Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing, where Stewart lived prior to her death under the care of care worker Catherine Forkpa

    Nella foto: Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing, where Stewart lived prior to her death under the care of care worker Catherine Forkpa

    però, un anno dopo, the facility was found to be compliant in a 2021 rapporto.

    The results of an investigation, conducted by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals shortly after Stewart’s death, have not yet been released as of Sunday.

    Forkpa is being held on a $100,000 legame, according to online jail records.