Virginia Caretaker Charged with Neglect of Martinsville Woman

As reported by the Martinsville Bulletin: A Martinsville caretaker has been charged with neglect after a nine-month investigation.  Theressa Dalton, 54, of Martinsville, was charged May 11 with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated person, a misdemeanor, said Henry County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ricky Walker.

The charge was filed in connection with an investigation that began in August of 2009, Walker said. At that time, authorities received a report that Jarinda Jackson, 61, of Doss Court in Ridgeway had been neglected, Walker said. Jackson, who was bedridden, was found with severe sores, part of her skin was stuck to the bed, and there were maggots on parts of her body, Walker said.

She was taken to Memorial Hospital and transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., for treatment, where she died there about two months later, he said. The state attorney general’s office assisted with the investigation because of its employees’ “expertise and assistance in these cases,” Walker said.

The findings were presented to the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, which determined the charge, he said. No other charges were filed, he added. Dalton worked for Dependable Home Health Care LLC in Martinsville, Walker said. The charge is in connection with an incident between March and August of 2009, Walker said.  Walker urged any people with knowledge of neglect or abuse to another person to call the sheriff’s office. 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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