According to the Attorney General, 34-year-old Crystal Marie Leyhue was a caregiver at the Haws Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fulton, Ky. The indictment stems from a November 4, 2014 incident in which it is alleged that Leyhue placed a hot pepper into an 82-year-old resident’s mouth. The defendant was heard laughing at the resident’s reaction, and the incident was caught on a video camera. Another employee of the facility observed the incident and reported it to her superiors. Leyhue was then fired.
Leyhue faces a potential sentence of up to one year in jail if convicted.