Grand jury indicts Lufkin State Supported Living Center worker for leaving patient alone

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury indicted a 36-year-old Lufkin man for allegedly leaving a disabled man at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center unattended long enough that he pulled a catheter out, causing bodily injury.

The grand jury, which met in the 217th Judicial District Court, indicted Corey O'Neal Sigler on a felony charge of injury to the disabled. Although Sigler has not been arrested at this time, the grand jury set his bail at $1,500.

The alleged incident occurred on May 19, 2012. The text of the indictment said that Sigler, "by criminal negligence, caused bodily injury" to a Lufkin State Supported Living Center resident by leaving the man, "who was to be on one on one supervision," unattended long enough that he injured himself when he pulled his catheter loose.

Cecelia Cavuto, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, said Sigler was an employee of the Center from July 1, 2011, until he quit on June 9, 2012.

Cavuto said the case was investigated by family and protective services and Health and Human Offices of the Inspector General. Both agencies substantiated the allegations.

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