Carregiver Arrested After Elderly Woman was Found Dead

Police are investigating the death of an 83-year-old woman whose caretaker was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse shortly after the older woman's body was found. A relative called police just before 11 a.m. Thursday to ask officers to check on the welfare of the woman. Officers went to the woman's home and discovered her body in a bathroom. Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma, but the woman's relatives suspect abuse.

Friends of the woman say that they contacted Adult Protective Services (APS) several times because of care issues. On September 27, a friend of the woman said she and her daughter visited the woman. They were met at the door by the caregiver and said the woman refused to let them in to see the elderly woman. The friend later heard the caregiver saying "You do what I say. Don't say anything more and you're going to do what I say and that's it,'" to the elderly woman. Police were called to the home but because the elderly woman did not want the caregiver to leave, they could not do anything. 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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