EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A former caregiver at an assisted living home has been convicted for her role in the freezing death of an 82-year-old patient.

Fifty-eight-year-old Colleen Kelly O’Connor was convicted of Vulnerable Adult Abuse-Second Degree, which is a four-year felony.

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In December 2022, an 82-year-old woman froze to death outside her home at Vista Springs Imperial Park in Clinton County. She was under O’Connor’s care. Prosecutors argued O’Connor witnessed the victim twice try to go outside in a blizzard without appropriate clothing and that she failed to act to help her patient.

A snowplow driver found the patient the next morning partially buried in snow. She later died at a hospital.

O’Connor will be sentenced on July 29.