Kimberly S. Hanks, 30, could be sentenced to up to three years in prison. She was arrested on April 28 for the theft, which court records said happened two days earlier.
According to an affidavit of probably cause, Hanks was employed at Summerfield Health Care in Cloverdale as a certified nursing assistant. On April 27, Hanks telephoned her supervisor at Summerfield and told her the box of narcotics had showed up in the back of her car and that she had no idea how they had ended up there. Hanks told her supervisor she would be bringing the box back to Summerfield.
When interviewed by police, Hanks said she had gone into the narcotics room twice the night before the box was found in her car -- once to get a cup of pudding and once to get a cigarette for a resident.
"After I left work, before I pulled in my driveway, I turned around to get my stuff out of the back seat and found the med box," Hanks said in her statement. "I have no clue how it got into my car."
Hanks' husband Alfred said he saw his wife bring the box into the house, and that he "saw that it was vials of something." He discovered the box contained insulin and lorazepam.
Court records said Alfred Hanks drove his wife back to Cloverdale to return the drugs.
When Hanks was arrested, she told police she would be willing to take a drug test, and she was taken to Putnam County Hospital for a screening. Results of that test have not been made public.
At her initial hearing, Hanks told the court she had had issues with controlled substance abuse. She said her drug of choice had been Vicodin, and that she had just completed a drug treatment program in December.
Judge Matthew Headley set Hanks' bond at $5,000 with 10 percent allowed. The 10 percent was posted shortly after her initial hearing and Hanks was released from jail.