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Nurse Reveals Plea in Death of McMaster's Father

Christann Gainey, 30, is charged with manslaughter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 10, 2018 5:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – A nurse intends to plead not guilty in the death of President Trump's former national security adviser's father at a Philadelphia senior care facility, her lawyer says. Thirty-year-old Christann Gainey was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, neglect, and records tampering in HR McMaster Sr.'s death, the AP reports. McMaster died April 13, about eight hours after falling and hitting his head at the Cathedral Village retirement community. Authorities say Gainey failed to give him a series of neurological exams following his fall at the Philadelphia care facility, the AP notes.

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A family statement is thanking police and prosecutors for their hard work after charges were filed in the death, CNN reports. "Our father ... was a tough and compassionate soldier and public servant. He was committed to his neighbors, his fellow soldiers, his community and his country," says Letitia McMaster, his daughter. "The best way to honor his memory is for all of us to do all we can to prevent others from suffering at the hands of those who lack compassion and abandon even the most basic standards of human decency." The staffing agency where Gainey was employed had no comment.

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