HAYS — A Hays woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of mistreatment of a dependent adult and a drug crime, according to a press release from Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt.
Nichole Denee Burns, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult and one count of possession of an opiate, opium, narcotic or certain stimulant, both felonies. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Hays Police Department and the attorney general’s Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division.
While Burns was caring for her father, who was prescribed fentanyl patches to manage his pain, she allegedly would remove the patches, use them herself, then reapply the used patches to her father. Her father later was admitted to a hospital emergency room in severe pain for not receiving his prescribed medication. The incidents occurred between November 2016 and January 2017.
Magistrate judge Richard Flax accepted Burns’ plea in Ellis County District Court. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.