Nursing Home Owners Charged in 34 Deaths

Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, Jr.  announces the filing of 34 counts of homicide.

Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti, Jr. announces the filing of 34 counts of negligent homicide against Mable and Salvador Mangano, Sr. Reuters hide caption

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The owners of a nursing home in which several patients died after they were not evacuated during Hurricane Katrina are facing negligent-homicide charges. Aid workers found 34 bodies in St. Rita's, the St. Bernard Parish facility. Robert Siegel talks with Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti.

Lawyers for Mable and Salvador Mangano, Sr., the owners of the Saint Rita's Nursing Home, say that a few of their patients had special needs — feeder tubes, oxygen — and would not have survived an evacuation.

Attorney General Foti says the nursing home had a contract with an ambulance service that could have seen to those patients. And that it had ample warning of what was to come.

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