Demequa Bonds, a 34 year-old nurse from Cordova, Tennessee, was indicted on August 6, 2013 by a grand jury on one count of reckless homicide for the alleged negligent care of a 3 year-old who required 24-hour care.
Kayla had been born with a serious medical condition, Moebius Syndrome, and relied on a ventilator for breathing. Bonds, a licensed nurse employed by Where The Heart Is, Inc., was hired to be her in-home nurse over three years ago. Where The Heart Is, Inc., a state-certified home health care agency, specializes in providing care to pediatric and ventilator dependent patients in various counties throughout Tennessee.
The initial investigation into the incident began on February 2013 when the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) began investigating Bonds after an unidentified, female employee at West Tennessee Healthcare tipped them off to Bond’s alleged negligent behavior. The employee reported to TBI that she believed Bonds had been “negligent and responsible for Kayla Andrew’s death.”
Although Bonds was booked into the Shelby County Jail on August 6, indicted and subsequently released on a $10,000 bond, TBI has yet to release details of what the “negligent incident” was that reportedly caused the girl’s wrongful death. Nevertheless, no other arrests are expected in the case.
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