Metro-East nurse faces drug, neglect counts

Metro-East nurse faces drug, neglect counts

Nicole Banuelos of Mascoutah is being accused of more drug offenses and faces new charges that she neglected disabled patients at a long-term care site.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 12:01 PM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois nurse is being accused of more drug offenses and faces new charges that she neglected disabled patients at a long-term care site.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 40-year-old Nicole Banuelos of Mascoutah now faces 13 counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of neglect of a person with a disability.

The neglect counts allege that Banuelos failed to feed a patient and didn’t give medication to another patient on March 21.

Authorities have not said where Banuelos was working at the time.

The drug counts allege that Banuelos illegally acquired various prescription medications in March and November.

Calls to the office of Banuelos’ attorney, Stephanie Santelli Guzy, went unanswered Thursday morning.

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