Eight residents die at rehabilitation center in hollywood hills; 115 evacuated
Eight residents die at rehabilitation center in hollywood hills; 115 evacuated

Just days before Hollywood braces for another powerful hurricane, Hollywood Police Department announced that it had made four arrests in connection with the deaths of 12 individuals at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. The deaths occurred days after Hurricane Irma in mid-September 2017.

According to a statement by the Hollywood, Police Department, as part of the criminal investigation, the Hollywood Police Department has announced the arrest of Jorge Carballo, Sergo Colin, Tamika Tory Miller and Althia Kenesha Meggie.

Carballo was the facility administrator at the Center. He was arrested on 12 counts of aggravated manslaughter, a first degree felony.

Sergo Colin, was serving as a registered nurse and was night shift nursing supervisor and was arrested on 12 counts of aggravated manslaughter, a first degree felony.

Tamika Tory Miller was serving as a licensed practical nurse and was arrested on six counts of aggravated manslaughter, a first degree felony and three counts of tampering with/ fabricating evidence in connection with patient medical records, a third degree felony.

Althia Kenesha Meggie was serving as a registered nurse was and was arrested with two counts of aggravated manslaughter a first degree felony and two counts of tampering with/fabricating evidence in connection with patient medical records, a third degree felony.  

During a press conference, Broward Major Steven Bolger stated this investigation was one of the most extensive in the history of the Hollywood Police Department. Investigators conducted hundreds of interviews and gathered witness statements. They searched and collected and analyzed more than a thousand pieces of evidence and reviewed case files. There was three weeks of crime scene processing, 55 computers seized for Health and Human Services forensic analysis and more than 500 interviews conducted and sworn statements taken. There were about 400 hours of video review. More than 4,000 pages of documents were reviewed pertaining to AHCA’s administrative report which included testimony, expert findings and hearing proceedings. More than 3,000 pages of Attorney General Report were studied. More than 1,200 hours were dedicated solely to the investigation.

Hollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien said, “Our hearts go out to the grieving family members and loved ones of the victims. Their heartbreak is unimaginable,” he said.

O’Brien said the individuals who have been arrested did not do enough. They had taken an oath to provide care and safety for their patient. “They betrayed that oath,” he said.

During the conference it was stated that more arrests could occur.

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