Caretaker Charges with Multiple Charged Including Beating Elderly Alzheimer's Sufferer

A caretaker has been charged with beating an elderly Alzheimer's patient he was entrusted to care for, according to police. Investigators found the bruised elderly patient in his home on Friday morning after receiving reports of two bizarre incidents in the parking of the man's condo facility.

The first complaint was a report of a man who had dropped a lit cigarette in the gas-fill area of a vehicle and then walked away, according to police. The second complaint was that a man had grabbed a 67-year-old woman around the waist as she was walking into the complex -- and then ran off when she screamed, police said.

Cops found the suspect with the help of witnesses. He was identified as a caretaker for a 78-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer who lives in the complex, according to police. After the suspect's had been arrested in connection with the initial complaints, cops alerted the relatives of the elderly patient the suspect was assigned to care for -- and asked that they come to check on the senior citizen's welfare, police said.

The family member discovered that the 78-year-old had signs of being assaulted and there was evidence of a struggle inside the home. The man had to be transported the the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The suspect was charged with second-degree criminal attempt at arson, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault on an elderly person, disorderly conduct and breach of peace, according to police. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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