Tuesday Dec 06 2011
Severely disabled patient pregnant at Penryn care facility?
Placer County Sheriff conducting active investigation
Law enforcement is investigating a report that a severely disabled patient was found to be pregnant at a Penryn-based intermediate care facility. Lt. Mark Reed of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said he could not release the name of the facility because it could compromise the investigation. Reed confirmed that the woman was disabled, but said he couldn’t confirm yet if she was actually pregnant. “We are looking into it. That’s what we are being told. We have an active investigation going on,” Reed said. “I can confirm she is severely disabled.” Reed said currently no arrests have been made and it was the care home that first reported the case to law enforcement last week. The Penryn care facility being investigated is managed by ResCare, Inc. Jackie Smith, Regional Director for ResCare Residential West said the company is cooperating with the investigation. “We did become aware of a situation that led us to contact the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. We have and are fully cooperating with their department in an ongoing investigation,” Smith said. We would not do anything that could jeopardize their investigation.” The California Department of Public Health is also conducting an investigation on the Penryn care facility, according to the department spokeswoman Anita Gore. Gore said she could not release any details about the nature of the investigation or the name of the facility. Similar cases have happened before in Placer County, but not often, Reed said. “We had cases similar to this. It’s been quite awhile,” Reed said. “I would say it’s rare, but they do happen.” ~ Sara Seyydin