Woman Charged with Murder After Keeping Mentally Disabled Adults Locked in Her Basement

Federal prosecutors have charged a woman with racketeering, murder, and hate-crimes in an indictment last week. The woman is accused of keeping mentally disabled adults locked in a basement so she could steal their benefits. The 52-year-old woman was charged along with four others. She is the first to be charged under a law which allows crimes against the mentally disabled to be classified as hate crimes.

The 196-count indictment accuses the woman of neglect so severe that it killed two people, one in Virginia and another in Pennsylvania. The U.S. attorney on the case said that the neglect is beyond shocking. According to officials, the woman held four mentally disabled adults and her own neice hostage for years while she collected their Social Security checks. Between 2001 and 2011, the woman allegedly shuffled the victims from state to state and kept them locked in a dark basement with little food. 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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