Trial Under Way For Nursing Home Workers In L.I. Woman’s Death

CBS New York

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Workers at a Long Island nursing home faced a judge Tuesday, on allegations that they killed a patient and tried to cover it up.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, the Riverhead criminal courtroom was crowded and filled with anxious families of both the accused caregivers and the victim’s loved ones.

The family of the victim – Aurelia Rios, 72, of Islip – appeared overcome outside the courtroom moments after opening statements in the dramatic trial.

“It didn’t sit right with us when mom passed,” said Michelle Giamarino, Rios’ daughter, “and we kept questioning each other.”

The arrests last year grabbed headlines, when the New York State Attorney General’s office charged a group of nine caregivers in the October 2012 death of Rios, a retired dental assistant. Authorities claimed the caregivers’ “failure to act” led to Rios’ death.

They were also accused of covering up their actions.

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