Woman Convicted of Neglecting Elderly Woman in Her Home

During a five-week trial, a woman being charged with elder neglect was an animated defendant. This week when a jury found her guilty of neglecting an elderly woman under her care in 2007, she stared tearfully at the ground.

After deliberating a little more than a day, the jury convicted the woman of third-degree neglect of the elderly and of a lesser charge of resisting arrest. The charges stemmed from May 2007, when police said they found a 92-year-old woman on a garbage bag spread atop a urine- and feces-stained mattress in the woman's home.

The elderly woman had a stage-four bed sore on her buttocks, though the defense disputed the condition of her room and the severity of the sore. According to the judge, it’s unlikely that the woman will get any prison time since she lacks prior convictions but she faces community service and probation when she is sentenced May 11. 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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