Dementia patient, 93, killed after carers lowered her into scalding hot bath

An elderly woman was killed after care home staff lowered her into a scolding hot bath without checking the temperature.

Frances Norris, a vulnerable dementia patient aged 93, died of her severe burns after being lowered into the boiling bath at Birdsgrove care home, Bracknell.

The Berkshire care home is now closed, MailOnline reported.

Bosses have been fined more than £1 million after investigators found the water temperature was not properly checked.

Mrs Norris suffered fatal burns to her legs and feet.

And Thames Valley Police said there was a long delay before she was hospitalised, ultimately dying of her injuries while in care.

Birdsgrove also strained to cover up their negligent behaviour, providing fake documents to cops investigating Mrs Norris's tragic death.

Owners Aster Healthcare Ltd were charged with corporate manslaughter after a lengthy probe by the Health and Safety Executive.

The sentencing finished today with a £1.04m fine to the owners of the closed care home, who the authorities held criminally responsible.

Aster Healthcare Ltd admitted the charge at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday.

The home's manager and one of the care staff responsible for Mrs Norris's bath were also handed suspended prison sentences for their parts in her shocking death and the subsequent cover-up.

The firm will have to pay the huge fine over three years, the court said.

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Senior carer Noel Maida, 50, was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months.

Care Home Manager Elizabeth West, 46, was sentenced to nine months, also suspended for 18 months.

Thames Valley Police said after the sentencing: "The temperature of the bath had not been checked properly and more hot water was added to the bath whilst Frances was sat in it.

"The temperature of the water resulted in Frances sustaining serious burns to both her lower legs and feet, which covered 12 per cent of the surface of her body.

"After a lengthy delay, Frances was hospitalised and subsequently died of bronchopneumonia at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Sunday February 8 2015, which was the direct result of the burns she had suffered."

"[It] was found that the issues within Birdsgrove Nursing Home were well known by the senior management.

"It was established that they provided false documents to the police and partner agencies in an attempt to mislead the investigation."

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The senior investigating officer, Detective Sally Spencer, added: "The simplest of tasks caused a fatality that if all of them had taken appropriate steps, could have been avoided.

"I am pleased that the defendants pleaded guilty before the trial.

"This has at least saved Mrs Norris's family from further stress and anxiety that would inevitably have caused.

"I hope that today they finally begin to have some closure from this tragedy."

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