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Woman says she was thrown out of nursing home after arrest for crime she didn't commit

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Sandy Staten lived at the Golden Living Center Brandywood in Gallatin. Sandy Staten lived at the Golden Living Center Brandywood in Gallatin.
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GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

When you meet Sandy Staten it's hard to understand how she could be charged with burglarizing a car in a parking garage. She's a quadriplegic.

Staten lived at the Golden Living Center Brandywood in Gallatin. That all changed July 18 because of what she found in her dresser drawer.

Tucked in a sock were someone's ID and credit cards so she turned them over to the administration and the police.

"The next thing I knew they were loading me in a van. I was going to jail," she said.

Staten was arrested for burglary. But a judge threw out the case. Investigators believe a relative of Staten's had hidden the stolen items in her things.

Despite the charges being dropped, management wouldn't let her come back to the Golden Living Center, saying she posed a threat to other residents.

"I'm still trying to figure in my mind what type of a threat a quadriplegic could have posed to any other residents," said Staten's cousin, Regina Davis.

A spokesperson for the nursing home chain told Channel 4, "It's our understanding that this individual remains a suspect in an ongoing police investigation."

However, the Gallatin Police Department and the DA's office said they don't anticipate any other charges against Staten.

Staten said she believes the nursing home wouldn't let her back because she'd complained about conditions at the nursing home to state inspectors earlier in July.

Staten said she showed them photos of dirty conditions.

"Pictures of the urine and blood that was in the floor from when I was there. Pictures of my bedside commode that hadn't been cleaned for three days," she said.

State health officials have said their report isn't finished yet. Previous inspectors have ranked the facility below average.

"She posed a threat by being the voice for those other patients," Davis said.

Staten said she doesn't want to go back to Golden Living Center, but she does want better conditions for residents.

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