Two Caregivers Accused Of Neglecting Vets In Pueblo Home

By: Danielle Saar
By: Danielle Saar

Two Southern Colorado residents are accused of mistreating five veterans at a nursing home, including a Medal of Honor recipient who died last year.

Darrel McTaggart of Ordway is charged with one felony count of assault against an at-risk adult. Donald Morton of Las Animas is charged with misdemeanor neglect of an at-risk adult.

The two caregivers who worked at a Veterans Affairs nursing home in Pueblo are on leave with pay, pending the outcome of the case.

The 55-year-old McTaggart is accused of causing bodily injury to a patient. Prosecutors allege the 52-year-old Morton neglected Medal of Honor recipient Raymond Murphy and four others.

Murphy was honored for his actions during combat in Korea. Prosecutors say there is no evidence the alleged neglect was linked to Murphy's death last year.

The other veterans weren't identified.

Congress later named the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., in his honor.


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  • by Whitney Location: Las Animas on May 28, 2008 at 09:32 PM
    Well i have known Donald for a few years and he is an alcoholic. THey should deny him his retirement and fire him. He needs to be put away in a federal prison and there should be a better screening process for all caregivers
  • by tiffany Location: CS on May 10, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    I has been a care giver for many years now and all I can say is sick, sick,sick.... This is discusting to think people could hurt another human espacially an elderly person or for goodness sakes someone that fought for our country. I hope for their sake that this is not true. There is a special place in HELL for people thjat hurt elderly and children!
  • by mark (vet) Location: c/s on May 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    Although these allegations have yet to be proven, there must be some merit to them for the charges to be filed in court. Again, we are hearing of the neglect, abuse, denial of care afforded our veterans. These vets and the millions of servicemen and women who have defended our freedoms deserve nothing short of the best possible care we as a country can provide them; they have earned it!
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