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May 20, 2000 | TRACY WILSON
A bill that would encourage banks and other financial institutions to report suspected elder abuse to authorities has passed the state Assembly with bipartisan support. The legislation by Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is expected to go before the state Senate in coming weeks. If approved and signed by Gov. Gray Davis, the measure would become law next year.
Relatives of elderly residents who suffered substandard care at a chain of nursing homes said Friday that they believe $2 million in penalties levied against the owner this week will do little to force real reforms at the company, one of the biggest nursing home operators in the nation. Beverly Enterprises Inc.
August 25, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
A Chatsworth woman was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse after authorities found her 85-year-old mother, who later died, covered head to toe in her own waste, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman said Sunday. Belinda Feldman, 54, was arrested at the home she shared with her mother. Elise Glatstein died 11 hours after authorities took her to a hospital. Police went to the house in the 21900 block of Dupont Street on Saturday after receiving a call about Glatstein. Officers found her in her bedroom in "very poor condition," Officer Karen Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department said.
January 22, 1999
A lack of awareness about the increasing incidence of elder abuse was the impetus for a new 30-second public service announcement released to local television stations Thursday. "There is much more attention given to spousal and child abuse," said Bonnie Matchinga, president of Impact PSA, the group that produced the announcement. At a showing of the spot at a West Hollywood theater, Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti said, "We have to educate our community. This is a problem for all of us."
December 2, 1989
In the first elder-abuse case in Ventura County, a Thousand Oaks woman was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and was placed on five years' probation Friday for her role in the death of her elderly mother by neglect, according to the district attorney's office. Theresa McKelvey, 28, also was ordered by Ventura Superior Court Judge Robert J. Soares to pay a $500 fine and perform 500 hours of community service, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Ronald C. Janes, supervisor of the major crimes unit.
October 11, 2008 | Scott Glover
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has filed torture and elder abuse charges against a former employee of an upscale assisted-living facility in Calabasas. Cesar Ulloa, 20, of Reseda was charged Monday after an investigation into the suspicious death of an 80-year-old resident of the facility. Elmore Kittower's body was exhumed last year after a whistle-blower said he had been the victim of foul play. After a nearly yearlong investigation, Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives arrested Ulloa on suspicion of beating Kittower shortly before he died.
March 18, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A tax auditor and his wife have been charged with felony elder abuse in the death last month of the man's mother, 81. Pik Ng, who died Feb. 17 at a local medical center, had been found by paramedics lying on the floor of her room, emaciated, unable to talk and covered in bedsores and her own urine and feces, said San Mateo County Deputy Dist. Atty. Melissa McKowan. Despite treatment, she eventually died after being taken off life support.
September 24, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
The daughter of a 68-year-old Huntington Beach man who died after months of neglect will face criminal elder abuse charges even though she was not her father's primary caretaker, prosecutors said Thursday. The Orange County district attorney's office decided to prosecute Susan Valerie Heitzman in connection with Robert Heitzman's 1990 death after winning an appellate court decision allowing them to take the action.
April 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
An estimated 1.5 million elderly Americans are abused each year, often by their own children, but the government has "virtually ignored" the worsening problem, a House subcommittee reported today. Most cases of elder abuse go unreported because older people are ashamed to admit their families abuse them or they fear reprisals if they complain, the subcommittee on health and long-term care reported.
July 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Yuba County jury has convicted a former Marysville nursing home worker of elder abuse for leaving a 98-year-old patient with Alzheimer's disease outside the facility overnight. Debbie Montes, 25, could be sentenced to up to six months in jail. Mildred Taylor died about a month after the morning she was found in her wheelchair on a patio. No one testified to seeing Montes push Taylor outside, but the jury found that Montes had lied about checking on all her patients before leaving work at 10 p.
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