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Police: 2 assisted living employees admit to overmedicating patient who later died

Caroline Burton and Brooke Ragsdale have both been charged with assault in connection with an assisted living patient's overmedication and later death. (Southside Police)

UPDATE: Lois Phillips Pruitt is the hospice patient from an assisted-living facility who died Friday, according to Southside Police Sergeant Jay Freeman.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22: Two employees of Woodland Place, a Southside assisted living facility, were arrested Friday after police said they admitted to intentionally overmedicating a patient. The hospice patient, whose name has not yet been released, died on Friday according to Southside Police.

Caroline Burton, the facility's administrator, and Brooke Ragsdale were charged with 1st Degree Assault and booked into the Etowah County Jail. They were held without bond. The charges against the two women were filed before the woman died. It was unclear Friday if the charges would be upgraded in light of the patient's death.


The investigation into the woman's death began last week after police said they received a complaint from the woman's family.


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