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Beaufort woman accused of stealing pills from elderly patient

A medical technician at Morningside Assisted Living of Beaufort was charged Friday after she reportedly admitted to stealing prescription medication intended for a 92-year-old resident.

Angel Marie Alexander, 33, of Beaufort is accused of signing for about 16 hydrocodone pills between March 17 and April 11, falsely logging them in the home's records and keeping them for herself, according to a Beaufort Police Department report.

The pills were valued at $400.

Alexander was charged with eight counts of possession of a controlled substance and 15 counts of violation of the Adult Protection Act, according to the county jail log. Her bond was set at $18,000.

Morningside executive director Tammy Siegner told police she noticed "suspicious activity" by Alexander on April 11 and questioned her. Alexander admitted to taking the medication, according to the report. Alexander signed an in-house incident report that Siegner had filled out, the report said.

Siegner called police April 25, and Alexander was arrested four days later.

It was unclear Monday how long Alexander had worked at Morningside, which is on Old Salem Road and owned by Massachusetts-based Five Star Quality Care.

According to its website, the company operates more than 200 independent and assisted living facilities and retirement communities. "We are aware of allegations of improper conduct involving a former employee of our community. We are cooperating with authorities and have taken appropriate action to ensure that our employees and residents are safe and well cared for," Siegner said in an email Monday. "Because of state and federal privacy laws, we are not able to disclose any further information about this matter."

Staff writer Cassie Foss contributed to this report.