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October 14, 2009
Re "Brooke Astor's son guilty of looting the socialite's estate," Oct. 9 Now that the elder-abuse trial of society grand dame Brooke Astor's son is over, I am left contemplating the lessons demonstrated by her sad and sordid story: Being rich won't protect you from elder abuse; being famous won't protect you from elder abuse; having famous friends won't protect you from elder abuse. In America, the country that loves youth and beauty, it is not surprising, but still lamentable, that we don't have any comprehensive federal legislation focused on elder abuse.
September 16, 2009 | David Kelly
Investigators looking into charges of abuse at a collection of San Bernardino-area group homes arrested the director of one of the homes after discovering he was on probation for elder abuse and had been ordered to stay away from such facilities, officials said Tuesday. Tony Dalton, 40, was taken into custody Friday for violating his probation after initially refusing entry to investigators checking on conditions at the house, said San Bernardino City Atty. James Penman. Dalton is the son of Pensri Sophar Dalton, 61, who was arrested Sept.
September 6, 2009 | David Kelly
Shortly after moving into a group home here six months ago, Trevor Castro said, he began to feel less like a paying tenant and more like a prisoner. The bleak compound was surrounded by a cinder-block wall topped with coils of jagged razor wire. He lived in a converted chicken coop with no plumbing and a bucket for a toilet. He said he was kicked, had a glass broken on his face by a staff member and had cans of cigarette butts dumped on him. On Friday, police came looking for 23-year-old Castro for an outstanding DUI warrant and saw a bucket of urine outside his door.
September 5, 2009 | Patrick J. McDonnell
Authorities arrested a woman Friday who they say boarded 22 mentally ill, elderly and other people in prison-like conditions, housing some in converted chicken coops behind razor-wire fences. Pensri Sophar Dalton, 61, was arrested on 16 counts of suspected elder abuse, according to City Atty. James F. Penman. Some of the people appeared to have mental health issues, he said. "The stench was pretty horrific," Penman said. "These were very squalid conditions." The people were being held in dilapidated buildings, some without running water or toilets.
March 11, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
The live-in caretaker of an 84-year-old Huntington Beach woman allegedly took out fraudulent loans in her name, bilking the older woman out of about $200,000 and putting the woman's home in danger of foreclosure, authorities said Tuesday. Cindi Dee Powell, 54, has been charged with financial elder abuse, grand theft, identity theft, vehicle theft, fraud and forgery. She remains in custody.
October 14, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
An investigation sparked by a suspicious death at an upscale senior living facility in Calabasas has expanded to include the alleged abuse of three more elderly residents, including a 78-year-old woman who was allegedly body-slammed into her bed, according to court records and interviews. Keith Stubbs said he was told by authorities that a caregiver at Silverado Senior Living rousted his sleeping mother out of bed by "jumping on her chest." When she tried to defend herself, "he picked her up W.
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.
October 3, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Four former employees of an upscale Calabasas assisted-living facility were arrested Thursday on suspicion of elder abuse stemming from the suspicious death of an 80-year-old resident last year, authorities said. The four are suspected of abusing Elmore Kittower, a retired engineer whose body was exhumed in November after an anonymous whistle-blower from Silverado Senior Living told Kittower's family and authorities that he was the victim of foul play.
July 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A New Jersey man who once claimed insanity was convicted Monday of battery and false imprisonment for accosting Nazi death camp survivor and scholar Elie Wiesel in a hotel elevator. Eric Hunt, 24, was convicted in San Francisco Superior Court of one felony charge of false imprisonment with a hate crime allegation. Hunt was also convicted of two misdemeanor counts -- one for battery and one for elder abuse. The jury dismissed charges of attempted kidnapping, stalking and a second false imprisonment charge.
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