Women plead not guilty on charges related to Hilty Home death

OTTAWA (AP) — Two Hilty Home employees have pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the death of a woman who wandered outside on Jan. 7 and died.

Rachel Friesel, 36, and Destini Fenbert, 20, both of Pandora, were allowed to remain free on personal bonds during a Putnam County Common Pleas Court appearance Wednesday.

They face involuntary manslaughter, forgery and gross patient neglect charges in the death of 76-year-old Phyllis Campbell.

A state investigation found that Campbell left Hilty Home in Pandora around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 7 through a courtyard door equipped with an alarm. The employees told investigators they falsely documented two overnight bed checks.

The low temperature in Pandora on Jan. 7 was zero degrees.

Messages left today with Friesel and Fenbert’s attorneys weren’t immediately returned.


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