Woman Charged with Lighting Elderly Woman's Bed on Fire in Nursing Home

According to police, the daughter of a nursing home resident is responsible for setting fire to another resident's bed while the resident slept. The suspect, 59-years-old, is being charged with first degree elder abuse and arson.

The woman allegedly used a lighter to light her mother's roommates mattress on fire before leaving the room. Employees, alerted to the fire, found flames above the bed. Staff woke up the 73-year-old Alzheimer's patient and put out the fire.

According to police, the suspect first denied any involvement with the fire, but later admitted that she was upset with the care being provided at the nursing home so she set the fire with a lighter as a "cry for help," according to the probable cause statement. 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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