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Bond hearing leaves care home worker in jail

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -  Rosewood Manor assisted living center in Nicholls is closed. The owner, Helen Malphus has surrendered her personal care home license after a body was found buried in a shed on the property.

A judge denied bond for a licensed practical nurse charged with concealing a death.

Diana Jacobs wiped tears from her eyes as the judge refused her bond Monday morning citing her previous unrelated criminal record. "Bond has been denied because we find that you pose a significant risk of intimidating witnesses for the administration of justice," said the court.

Investigators say they received a tip Friday afternoon and went to the facility to question Jacobs. She then admitted there was a body buried in a shed.

But Jacobs' Attorney Jill Starling says no matter what she said, it doesn't mean she committed a crime. "Admitting that there was a body somewhere, doesn't mean that you did anything."

Starling also believes the denial wasn't fair to Jacobs and plans on working to get a bond another way. "She's a mother of two children, she has family support. She has law enforcement in her family and I really think we got a bad shake today but we'll try again in superior court."

The Secretary of State's website indicates that her LPN status is probation-lapsed. Her license was issued in 2004 and expired on March 31, 2011 with the last renewal date on March 26, 2009. Her license was suspended on January 14, 2008 after she plead guilty to a burglary charge in April 2007 in Berrien County. It was reinstated with a five year probationary period in June of 2009.

Meanwhile investigators are waiting on an autopsy to identify the body, who they believe is a man who was a resident at the facility.

As the assisted living home remains temporarily closed, residents have been relocated to other facilities. "And the investigation continues into what really happened here at Rosewood Manor and if there will be more arrests or charges made."

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