By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 20-year-old Perkins woman, who admitted she failed to administer medication to residents at Red Bud Assisted Living Center in Perkins when she was an aide there two years ago, has been prohibited by a Payne County judge from working as a health care provider as a condition of the probation she was put on last week.

Stephanie Micheal Payne, who pleaded guilty to caretaker neglect last week, was also ordered by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler to have a mental health vocational assessment, perform any recommended follow-up, and pay the cost of her incarceration as well as $500 in assessments, court records show.

Payne was given credit for the 30 days she had served in jail, which was one of the conditions for her four-year deferred sentence, court records show.

Payne had been arrested by Perkins Police Investigator Charles Danker when the charge was filed on Nov. 8, 2017, and released on $25,000 bail on Dec. 8, 2017, court records show.

The Perkins officer had been assigned on Oct. 23, 2017, to investigate an allegation that Payne, then 18, failed to administer medication to residents at Red Bud and disposed of the medication in a trash can on Oct. 22, 2017, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., according to an affidavit.

When the investigator spoke to Payne on Oct. 23, 2017, “Stephanie denied throwing any pills away and claimed she took her trash out at the end of her shift,” according to the affidavit.

That same day, the investigator spoke to another medication aide, who “informed me she received a complaint from a resident that she didn’t receive her daily medication,” the affidavit said.

That aide, who contacted the facility’s executive director, “located between 30 and 50 pills in the trash can on the medication cart,” still in cups as if prepared for administration to residents, the affidavit said.

The then-executive director of Red Bud Assisted Living Center “reviewed video and provided a timeline of the events by Stephanie Payne,” the affidavit said.

At 2:10 p.m. “Stephanie is seen on video removing multiple med cups from the top drawer of the med cart, stacking them on top of one another and throwing them in the trash can on the med cart,” the affidavit said.

During a second interview at the Perkins Police Department on Oct. 24, 2017, Payne admitted to throwing two residents’ 5 p.m. medication away “because she didn’t have time to give it (in) the time window that they can administer a resident medication,” the affidavit said.

“Stephanie tried to justify throwing multiple pill cups away claiming they were not full. Stephanie tried to place the blame on a co-worker…Stephanie also tried to blame the camera system for having a glitch. Stephanie stated she threw medication away because she didn’t have time to give it and claimed it was a total of 7 pills in two cups for two residents,” the affidavit said.

Since Payne was given a deferred sentence last week, she will not have a criminal record if she successfully completes her four-year probationary period.

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