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Seven of 17 former workers charged with neglecting a patient at HighPointe on Michigan appeared Thursday in City Court, where their felony hearings were adjourned to July 2.

The seven defendants are all represented by a public defender. Similar preliminary actions in the case are expected next week for the rest of the defendants in the case.

The State Attorney General’s Office charged eight nurses and nine nursing assistants after an investigation at the Kaleida Health nursing home. They were charged with falsifying business records, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and willful violation of state health laws governing the care of patients.

Thomas M. Schleif, special assistant attorney general in the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, said the hearing was part of the discovery and negotiation phase of the case that could determine whether defendants accept plea deals or have their cases forwarded to a grand jury.

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