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      Former DeWitt home nurse indicted in patient death case

      Tanya Lemon

      A Syracuse group home nurse was indicted Monday on charges stemming from an investigation into a person that died while under her care.

      35-year-old Tanya Lemon is charged with seven counts of first degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and seven counts of second degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person for the incidents, which happened at the Briarwood Home in DeWitt.

      The indictment claims that Lemon did not check on the victim every two hours as she was required to do. The victim was wearing a breathing mask. The victim died 14 days later after being diagnosed with a brain injury caused by prolonged oxygen deprivation.

      Lemon is also accused of putting the victim and six other patients in her charge at risk for several months in 2013 as she routinely slept on the job.

      Lemon is being held on $30,000 bond. She is due back in court on July 3.