Judge considering charges against nurse implicated in McMaster death

Report shows no one called 911, attempted resuscitation, or reattached feeding tube.

Kristen Johanson
June 05, 2018 - 8:14 am
Christann Gainey

Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia nurse accused of neglect in the death of the father of a former Trump national security advisor is in court on Tuesday. The hearing comes on the heels of new revelations from the state's health department about what happened. 

It was just before midnight on April 12 when a nursing aide found H.R. McMaster, Sr. on the ground. He had presumably fallen. A new investigative report indicates that no one called 911, no one tried to resuscitate the man, and the 84-year-old's feeding tube was never reattached.

Pennsylvania's health department has directed the nursing home to assess all residents for risk of fall and to re-educate the entire staff about abuse and neglect.

The state's attorney general has charged 30-year-old Christann Gainey with involuntary manslaughter, felony neglect and tampering with records. 

A judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to uphold the charges.