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Former caregiver sentenced

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A former caregiver charged with abusing a man with severe mental disabilities in her care at a Christian County facility was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday. The sentence will be diverted for three years.  

A judge sentenced Ashley Burchett of Princeton to three years in prison, which will be diverted for three years, according to the Kentucky attorney general's office. Burchett pleaded guilty in March of this year. 

It was alleged Burchett abused a non-verbal resident with severe mental disabilities at Outwood Intermediate Care Facility in Dawson Springs by pushing him into his wheelchair when he tried to stand up and hitting him on the head with a can of chewing tobacco. 

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