Court hearing delayed in death at Kent County assisted living facility

Two women charged in elder abuse, death

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A court hearing for two caregivers charged in connection with the death of an elderly patient at an assisted living center in southern Kent County was adjourned to give attorneys for the pair more time to prepare.

The charges stem from the Oct. 2016 death of 85-year-old Kathryn Brackett at Crystal Springs Assisted Living Center in Gaines Township.

Yahira Zamora, 21, of Wyoming, is facing a second-degree vulnerable adult abuse charge. Denise Filcek, 45, of Wayland, is charged with intentional inclusion of misleading or inaccurate information in a medical chart. Both felonies are punishable by up to four years in prison.

They appeared in 63rd District Court Wednesday, April 5 for a probable cause hearing. Judge Sara Smolenski agreed to delay the hearing, which will likely be set for later this month.

Officials allege Zamora reset an alarm on a door at the Crystal Springs Assisted Living Center in Gaines Township that was designed to keep residents inside the facility. She’s accused of resetting the alarm without determining whether anyone had left the building. 

Filcek is accused of failing to conduct half-hour bed checks on patients. She allegedly failed to check on the patients and instead checked off boxes indicating the checks were made, according to a news release from the state Attorney General’s office.

Kathryn Brackett, who was a dementia patient, had been outside for several hours before she was found dead around 6 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2016. The overnight temperature was in the upper 30s, with rain.

The victim’s son, Mike Brackett, filed a lawsuit against Crystal Springs earlier this year in Kent County Circuit Court. He attended today’s hearing.

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