An elderly woman, who was imprisoned in a bedroom without food or water, was discovered by authorities, who arrested three people, including two distant relatives, on suspicion of abusing her, authorities said Saturday.
Acting on an anonymous tip, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Friday found the emaciated 71-year-old woman locked in a room smeared with feces in the unincorporated Compton area, Detective Jeanine Wathen said.
The woman, whose name was not released, apparently slept on a cot without sheets and a trash container substituted for a toilet, deputies said.
"She was locked in a room which was filthy, poorly lit and fly infested," Deputy Roger Hom said. "She did not have access to food, water or sanitary facilities."