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Two nurses employed in Fayette County are facing felony charges after they were caught taking medication meant for patients.
The two nurses worked at Hilltop Center - a nursing home in Oak Hill. They were arraigned on two felony charges each Friday in magistrate court.
The two charged are Cindy Smith and Jason Watson both of Fayette County.  They were both Licensed Practical Nurses at Hilltop Center for the past several years.

According to the criminal complaint, Smith and Watson both admitted to police that they withheld pain killers from a patient and consumed the pills themselves.  They both told police they did this on several different occasions.

Smith and Watson are both charged with felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by false pretenses and abuse or neglect of an incapacitated person.
Here's what Hilltop's parent company, Genesis Healthcare had to say about the incident:

"We noticed that certain medications were missing from inventory when our nursing staff conducted regular medication reconciliations.  We take this issue extremely seriously and immediately launched an internal investigation and contacted the police department.  We also immediately suspended the alleged suspects who may have been involved. We fully evaluated all of our patients and have determined that no patient suffered ill effects related to this unfortunate incident. The alleged suspects are no longer employed by this center."

The complaint also states the reason police were first called to the nursing home back in April was because one of Smith's patients overdosed on prescription painkillers.

Smith and Watson were both arraigned Friday in front of Magistrate Parsons. They've both been released on bond.