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Two charged with neglect in death of Lancaster woman

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - Two caregivers are facing charges in the death of a Lancaster woman.

According to police, Fantasia Robinson, 24, was found unresponsive and pinned between her wheelchair and a cabinet at her apartment on the 500 block of Second Street in Lancaster on May 5, 2013.

Medical records say Robinson had severe burns to her abdomen and upper legs, possibly from a hot liquid. She was initially taken to Lancaster Regional Medical Center then was transferred to Temple University Hospital Burn Unit for treatment.

Robinson died on June 13, 2013 at Temple University Hospital. A coroner at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office ruled her death as accidental and the cause of death was complications from the burns.

Robinson had a medical condition and was supposed to receive 24 hour care, seven days a week.

For several months officials investigated Robinson's home care, determining it was provided by Alliance Home Help on Eden Road in Lancaster.

Investigators say Robinson was supposed to have a caregiver at her apartment on May 4, 2013 at 7 a.m. to take over care from the night time caregiver but no caregiver showed up and then the caregiver that was supposed to take over at 7 p.m. on May 4th called off work at 9 a.m. for personal reasons.

No replacement caregiver was called leaving the shifts without coverage, which left Robinson without assistance for approximately 24 hours.

According to officials, care was not provided for Fantasia Robinson which caused her to attempt to care for herself. In doing so, she suffered burns to her abdomen and legs which caused a severe medical emergency, eventually leading to her death.

Officials determined that two subjects employed by Alliance Home Help supervised operations and coordinated in home care for their clients.

Officials say Stacy Wallick, 43, of Marietta held the position of Care Coordinator and Duane Cecil, 47, of Leola held the position of Director of In home Care for Alliance Home Help.

Wallick and Cecil are charged with Neglect of a Care-Dependent Person, Involuntary Manslaughter and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Both Wallick and Cecil were arraigned at MDJ Winters' office and bail was set a $50,000 unsecured.

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