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Police name third employee sought in nursing home death

BROWNFIELD, TX (AP) - Two former West Texas nursing home workers have been accused of neglect in the death of a dementia patient found outside during freezing weather.

A third ex-employee at Tumbleweed Nursing Home in Brownfield is sought over the Feb. 3 death of 71-year-old Willie Byers, who died of hypothermia. Surveillance video captured Byers, on his own, leaving the facility.

A Terry County grand jury Monday indicted the former workers on charges of injury to the elderly. Maria Briones was released Tuesday, while Jon Kirksey was freed Thursday, both on $10,000 bond. Jail records did not list attorneys for either.

Sheriff Larry Gilbreath says Edna Stowe remains at large.

An administrator at the nursing home, now known as Apex Secure Care, declined comment.

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