WHITNEY / CLIFTON, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: The Whitney and Clifton Police Departments have made an arrest in an ongoing multi-agency drug diversion case from a local medical facility.
43-year-old Ashley Kay Bidwell, of Whitney, was arrested on charges out of Clifton for Injury to the Elderly – as well as diversion of a controlled substance.
Clifton Police tell FOX 44 News they were contacted by Clifton Lutheran Sunset Ministries (CLSM) in reference to an employee who possibly stole drugs from a patient in the facility. As soon as they were made aware, they contacted police.
Clifton PD, along with Whitney PD, were able to conduct a thorough investigation and quickly arrested Bidwell.
Birdwell used her position with CLSM to take medication away from an elderly patient when he was in dire need of it, for her own addiction.
Police say CLSM took very swift action and was 100 percent cooperative with the investigation. Birdwell was then fired by CLSM. She has been transferred to the Bosque County Jail, where her bond is now set at $150,000.
Clifton PD says this was an isolated incident, and no other residents were in any harm or in danger.
This is an ongoing investigation with cooperation with the cooperation of the medical facility, the Texas State Nursing Board, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.