Death of McMaster’s Father Draws Criminal Charges for Rehab Employee

In a case of the skilled nursing and political worlds intersecting, the death of a former Trump administration official’s father has resulted in criminal charges against a nursing home employee.

H.R. McMaster Sr., father of former national security advisor H.R. McMaster Jr., died as the result of a fall at a rehabilitation facility at Cathedral Village, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Philadelphia last month.

One of the contract nurses who worked at that facility on Thursday was charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of the senior McMaster, the Associated Press reported. Christann Shyvin Gainey also faces charges of neglect and records tampering; Gainey reportedly told a supervisor that she “falsified” some of the evaluations she was supposed to have conducted after the elder McMaster suffered the fall.


McMaster Sr. died of “blunt impact head trauma,” according to medical examiner reports cited by the AP. The 84-year-old had been admitted to the rehabilitation facility to recover from a stroke.

The operator released a statement affirming that the “outside agency staff involved in the incident” had been removed, while management re-educated employees on the required protocols for such incidents.

Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, criticized Gainey for failing to do her job.


“Instead, she intentionally ignored her job responsibilities, falsified paperwork, and lied to her supervisors to cover up this inexcusable conduct,” the Democrat said at a press conference, per the AP.

The younger McMaster served in the Trump administration from February 2017 to this past April, when he was replaced with John Bolton.

Written by Alex Spanko

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