LPN convicted in force-feeding death gets 13-month prison term

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The Wisconsin licensed practical nurse who was convicted of force-feeding a resident who later died has been handed a 13-month prison term. The nurse, Sharon Dawson, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a felony charge of intentional abuse.

Dawson also received 35 months of probation and is prohibited from working in long-term care facilities, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Resident Rosie L. Brown, then 79, died in May 2003 after her blood-sugar level sank too low. She was supposed to get a glucose shot and a doctor's care but did not, the Journal Sentinel reported. Dawson reportedly force-fed Brown juice and gelatin and declined to call for help.

An hour later, Brown, who suffered from diabetes and had swallowing problems, died. The incident occurred at Lakewood Health and Rehabilitative Center in Milwaukee.