A nurse has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of former national security adviser H.R. McMaster’s father in April, the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office announced Thursday.
Christann Shyvin Gainey, 30, a contract nurse at the Cathedral Village retirement community in Philadelphia, is alleged to have mishandled the treatment of H.R. McMaster Sr., who who died April 13 about eight hours after falling and hitting his head.
Surveillance video from the facility showed that Gainey failed to conduct required neurological evaluations of McMaster after he fell, the attorney general’s office said, according to The Associated Press. Gainey then falsified reports to make it look like she had performed the tests, prosecutors say.
The elder McMaster was an 84-year-old retired Army officer. His son is a decorated Army general who served as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser from February 2017 until March 22, when he resigned. The younger McMaster intends to retire from military service this summer.
McMaster Sr. died of “blunt impact head trauma,” the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office said in April. At a Thursday press conference, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that McMaster Sr.’s death was the result of Gainey’s “criminal lack of care.”
“Gainey could have saved Mr. McMaster’s life had she simply done her job,” Shapiro said, according to CBS Philly. “Instead, she intentionally ignored her job responsibilities, falsified paper work and lied to her supervisors to cover up this inexcusable conduct.”
Cathedral Village is cooperating with investigators, facility officials said last month. They also said they contacted the Health Department and launched an internal investigation, according to The Associated Press.
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