Pair accused of abusing nursing home patients pleads not guilty

GREENFIELD — A mother and son accused of abusing senior citizens in the nursing facility they ran out of their Greenfield home pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hancock Circuit Court.

Shawn Kearns, 64, and her son, David Kearns, 35, face charges of neglect and criminal recklessness. They were arrested Monday morning following an investigation into their company, Kearns Comfort Care, in the 600 block of Green Meadows Drive.

Bond was set at $5,000 for Shawn Kearns and $2,500 for David Kearns. They have agreed to turn over any medical equipment or records in their possession, and neither will be allowed to operate their business while the case in pending.

The Kearnses have hired attorney Jim McNew of Greenfield to represent them in the proceedings. A tentative trial date has been set for April 12. 

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or