by Kevin Caruso
October 3, 2005
Marble and Salvador Mangano, the owners and operators of St. Rita’s Nursing Home in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, have already been charged with 34 counts of negligent homicide for failing to evacuate their patients after a mandatory evacuation order was issued.
That number will soon be 35 because one more body has been found at the nursing home.
St. Rita’s is one of 13 nursing homes that are under criminal investigation for failure to evacuate their patients before Katrina made landfall.
Charles Foti, Jr., the attorney general of Louisiana, said that State law requires nursing homes and hospitals to evacuate residents when a mandatory evacuation order is issued.
Foti indicated that he will be thoroughly investigating every death that occurred in these nursing homes. “We said that we'd investigate every death that occurred in a nursing home or a hospital at this time so we'll have a true overall picture of what happened,” Foti said.