Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Washington DC case shows that prosecutions for elder neglect and abuse can occur
It is possible to be prosecuted for criminal neglect of elders (including parents) within one’s care. A disturbing incident in Washington DC, reported by ABC affiliate WJLA-7, demonstrates that point. A 29-year old mother is charged with criminal neglect after leaving her 63-year old mother, a stroke survivor, in a hot car all day. The story with a video (an attempt to interview the suspect) is here. The parties seem to be from North Carolina.
The case might get more attention in the media because of a horrific case in Georgia of child abuse where a child died when left in a hot car.