Because 23-year-old caregiver Jenna M. Boyle was sick of dealing with her 92-year-old patient, she simply wrote a note and walked out the door abandoning him to his own devices. The young woman was hired to take care of Harold Longley, 92, because he had to spend hours alone.
Nevertheless, Boyle walked out of the Sterling, New York home leaving only a hand-written note. While she could have called or sent a text message to Longley’s wife, she decided not to. And because the 92-year-old needs around the clock care after suffering two strokes, his life was in danger during his abandonment.
Hours later, Longley’s wife returned home to discover Boyle had left her post. And then she found the young woman’s disturbing note…
Longley’s wife picked up the note, which was written on stationary with a blue star with red streamers, and read:
“I want to apologize for leaving this way, but I feel I can no longer care for Harold. I don’t know if you’ve heard anything back from the insurance company or not, but I think they are going to find that I’m not technically certified. I was under the impression that MetLife was a private insurance company. But I think it’s part of Medicare-paid which I’m not certified to work under Medicaid/Medicare paid programs right now.
“Also, I really feel like I need this time to get working on my service hours. I don’t want to do this and again, I apologize.”
The note is signed Jenna. Then she adds a post script which reads:
“Harold ate his lunch good, and I gave him his breathing treatment and Jeveity. He is good until 4:00.”
Because Boyle disappeared without calling Longley’s wife or waiting until someone could take her post, she faces charges.
Barbara Longley, Harold’s wife, is upset that Boyle did not consult a nurse or anyone before she left. Because she loves her husband, Barbara called the man’s nurse first. She told her to call the police because what Boyle did was criminal.
Although Barbara Longley did not want to get Boyle in trouble, she had to look after her husband’s welfare. She also does not want Boyle to have an opportunity to look after others as she is not fit for the job.
“Well, it upsets you. I called the nurse that had worked with me before and I asked her what I should do and she said call the sheriff. So, that’s what I did and they came up,” Barbara said.
Now Boyle faces a charge of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physical disabled person, Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said.
“Ms. Boyle decided she no longer wished to care for the gentleman leaving him unattended until family arrived several hours later to find him alone and a note from Ms. Boyle,” Gould said in a release.
Readers on Daily Mail shared their outrage at Boyle’s strange act.
“She could have waited until someone else was there, but it seems she was too embarrassed to wait for his wife to come home. I don’t find it hard to believe that she was knowingly hired for a job she was not certified for, as the nursing agency can charge the insurance company for someone certified while paying the employee much less.”
“She knew the wife was coming home and she made sure the gentleman was up to date on food, breathing treatment and medications for the length of time the wife would be gone. I think the girl just didn’t want the confrontation because she is young and inexperienced. I’d hardly say a real crime happened since the gentleman would be fine until his wife’s short return.”
Do you think her crime is serious or not?