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BLOOMINGTON — A licensed practical nurse working as a private caregiver is charged with criminal neglect of an elderly woman who died after her health and life were endangered by the suspect, according to McLean County prosecutors.

Shameka M. Curry, 37, of Prenzler Drive, Bloomington, is accused of failing to provide the woman with adequate care, including taking her to medical appointments, and to provide adequate nutrition.

The alleged neglect occurred between Nov. 1, 2016 and March 12, 2017, according to the charges. The woman died in May 2017.

Curry also is charged with theft of more than $10,000 from the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation, aggravated identity theft and financial exploitation of an elderly person by fraudulently obtaining $350 from the woman, said prosecutors.

Information on a financial statement filed in court by Curry indicates she is a licensed practical nurse.

Curry was released from jail after posting $15,035 on the felony charges that carry up to 14 years in prison if she is convicted. 

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Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.