Hospital worker accused in dead patient cover-up

A woman collapsed in a psych ward waiting room and was untreated for 45 minutes.

May 17, 2011 4:28:17 AM PDT
A New York City hospital technician has been charged with falsifying records in the case of a psychiatric patient who was left to die in a hospital waiting room.

Easton Royal was indicted Monday. The Brooklyn district attorney says the 53-year-old Kings County Hospital worker falsified records to show he had been checking in on patients.

The patient, 49-year-old Esmin Green, languished for nearly 24 hours before collapsing from a blood clot in June 2008. She had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Details of the Jamaican immigrant's death went largely unnoticed until security camera footage became public.

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein tells The New York Times the family welcomed the criminal charges.

The family settled with the city for $2 million in 2009.