SNF workers charged with attempted murder, terrorist threats

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Two employees of an Alabama nursing home were arrested this week in separate incidents allegedly involving the attempted murder of a resident and death threats made to facility staff.

Authorities were called to Oakview Manor Health Care Center in Ozark, AL on Monday, after witnesses reported that employee Zekiah Dunn, 21, allegedly tried to smother a female resident with a pillow. Dunn was arrested and charged with attempted murder, according to local reports.

Police returned to Oakview the next day in response to reports of a female employee calling in and threatening to kill other workers at the facility. Diamond Brown, 24, was identified as the caller and arrested on charges of making terrorist threats. In Alabama, a threat is considered terrorist when a person means to “terrorize” another person, disrupt public activities or buildings, or retaliate against a party involved in a judicial proceeding.

Dunn and Brown are no longer employed by Oakview, the facility said in a statement.

“Oakview Manor Health Care Center is deeply grateful to the Ozark Police Department for their immediate and [thorough] response to the situation involving former employees Zekiah Dunn and Diamond Brown,” Oakview officials said. “We wish to assure our residents and their family members and loved ones that our residents are safe and will continue to receive the high quality of care you know and expect at Oakview Manor."

Both Dunn and Brown were released from the Dale County Detention Center on Wednesday and investigations into the incidents are ongoing, according to local authorities.