Elder Abuse Task Force Investigates Adult Care Facilities

Authorities are investigating an adult care facility after two recent deaths are questioned. A 72-year-old woman who weighed 64 lbs. when she died three weeks ago and a 92-year-old woman who died Tuesday were both under the care of the small facility in question.

The County Elder Abuse Task Force has been looking into the facility's activities after a complaint in October about the care home. The investigation intensified, however, after the two deaths. Officials are trying to determine how the women died but police believe neglect may have been a factor.

A Tuesday police search of the facility found that it was dirty, crawling with rodents and had trash scattered inside, said police. The elder abuse task force showed up Friday morning to remove the two remaining residents but found the house empty. Two hours later, a caretaker was arrested when she dropped the pair off outside the office of the Department of Human Services.

The two residents were taken to the hospital for treatment. A DHS employee made a recommendation to the DHS in October to close the home, said police. The director of the home is under investigation for this facility and others which she also operates. 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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