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A Brigham City nurse is facing a felony abuse charge after being accused of improperly caring for an infant.
The 53-year-old woman was charged Tuesday in Box Elder County's 1st District Court with one count of abuse or neglect of a disabled child, a third-degree felony.
The woman could face a zero- to five-year prison sentence if convicted as charged.
According to an order by the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, the woman was working as a home health nurse in February 2014. Her patient was a 16-month-old boy who had Miller-Dieker syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence and also had a cleft pallet and small jaw that made breathing difficult, according to the order.
The licensed practical nurse is accused of repeatedly silencing the child's oxygen monitor and not taking the proper steps to raise the child's oxygen saturation level, according to DOPL. The woman is also accused of logging incorrect numbers of the child's oxygen saturation levels, not admistering proper medication and excessively giving the child saline solution which caused diffuse pneumonia.
"The victim's condition deteriorated dramatically while under the defendant's care," prosecutors wrote in a probable cause statement filed in court. "After [the] defendant was fired from her job as a nurse, the victim's health improved substantially."
According to DOPL, the woman's nursing license is currently on "restricted active on probation." The woman will be on probation for three years, according to a September order.
She is scheduled to be in court on Feb. 2 for an arraignment hearing.