Missing pain pills lead to charges
A 24-year-old Madras woman faces seven charges stemming from allegedly stealing pills from residents at an assisted living facility where she formerly worked.
Following an investigation, Caitlin Michelle Hulsey was charged with stealing hydrocodone pills from three residents of the East Cascade Retirement Community in Madras. She was booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, then released, on charges of three counts of first-degree mistreatment, three counts of third-degree theft, and unlawful possession of hydrocodone.
According to the affidavit report filed by Madras police officer Brent Schulke, Hulsey admitted to taking some pills from the residents, but not as many as she is being accused of.
Hulsey was fired from East Cascade on July 1, after being accused of stealing hydrocodone from three residents. The following day, the administrator at the facility contacted local police.
According to the affidavit filed July 30, the charges stem from interaction with the three patients, and differences in the level of medications between what Hulsey reported providing and what the patients reported receiving.
Hulsey reportedly recorded giving one patient hydrocodone on as "as-needed" basis 11 times from May 24 to June 30. During an interview with Schulke, that patient said she did not ever take the drug, as she didn't like the way it made her feel, and that she was not in pain to the extent that medication was needed.
No other staff member was on record for providing that patient with hydrocodone during that May-June period.
Another patient interviewed by staff at the facility was told she had six hydrocodone pills remaining on that specific day. The patient told staff she had just recently received 14 pills and that she should have had 10 or 11 left. The log indicated Hulsey had provided the patient with the drug on as as-needed basis on July 1. The patient indicated that she had not received the drug on that day, and hadn't used any during that period.
Staff indicated the Hulsey had recorded giving that patient the medication 15 times outside of the two-hour block from May 2 through July 2. The record showed that other staff only gave the drug to that patient six times outside of the 8-10 p.m. window during that same period.
A third patient was reported given as-needed hydrocodone five times by Hulsey beween April 12 and June 10. That patient was already on a protocol to receive hydrocodone four times daily and the implication was that the patient did not need, and may not have received, the additional medication.
According to court documents, Hulsey is represented by Madras attorney Paul Sumner.
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