Nashville nurse charged with reckless homicide after elderly woman's death

Posted at 4:07 PM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 17:51:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Middle Tennessee registered nurse has been arrested on charges of patient abuse and reckless homicide.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, they began an investigation in November 2018 that surrounded the circumstances of the death of 76-year-old Charlene Murphey, a patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Among the team providing care to Murphey was registered nurse, Radonda Vaught.

The investigation determined that actions taken by Vaught, 35, were responsible for the abuse and ultimate death of Mrs. Murphy.

Vaught is no longer an employee at VUMC and was indicted on Friday by the Davidson County Grand Jury.

Her charges include one count of Impaired Adult Abuse and one count of Reckless Homicide.

Vaught was arrested on Monday and is currently booked in the Davidson County Jail on a $50,000 bond.