4 employees of Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper accused of battery, neglect

2 other workers accused of failure to report abuse

JASPER, Ind. - Four employees of a southern Indiana nursing home have been arrested on charges they battered and neglected an adult resident.

Tonya N. Sanders, of Loogootee; Blaine T. Ballard, 33, of Jasper; Casey M. Hill, 28, of Taswell; and Wendy M. Sutherlin, 28, of Taswell, employees of the Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper, were arrested Monday on warrants charging them with felony battery and neglect and misdemeanor intimidation.

Two other employees -- Katrina L. Patterson, 40, of Jasper, and Sheryl A. Rockett, 52, of Washington -- face misdemeanor charges of failure to report abuse of an endangered adult.

Editor's note, March 10, 2014: The charges against Katrina L. Patterson were dropped, per a Feb. 26, 2014, court filing.

Police said a Dubois County judge issued the arrest warrants after an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the state attorney general's office, state police and the county prosecutor's office.

Details on the allegations against those arrested weren't immediately released.

Only the mug shots of Ballard, Hill and Sutherlin were made available.

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