INDIAN RIVER SHORES — A former home health nurse who developed a romantic relationship with her patient was charged Wednesday with aggravated manslaughter, neglect, and several counts of forgery and criminal use of personal identification, according to an affidavit.
The Indian River Shores Public Safety Department filed the charge against Gina Albrecht, 37, of the 1600 block of 13th Avenue Southwest, Vero Beach, following a six-month investigation. Detectives said they started the case on Oct. 24 when 81-year-old George May Jr. was found dead in his home in the 300 block of Marbrisa Drive.
The State Medical Examiner’s Office determined May died of malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia. He had lost 40 pounds in the last four months of his life and the 5-feet, 8-inches tall senior citizen weighed just 101 pounds at the time of his death, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Albrecht remained at the Indian River County Jail in lieu of $205,000 bail
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