August 13, 2009

Two Sisters Found Guilty of Neglecting Mother

by Levin & Perconti

Two sisters from Geneva, Illinois were found guilty this morning of criminally neglecting their 84-year-old infirmed mother. The two women found guilty of elder abuse will be sentenced on October 9. They could be sentenced to as little as probation or 2 to 5 years in prison. The sisters called emergency medical personnel to their home in April 2007 because their mother was delusional. Paramedics said they found her in filthy sheets with ants crawling on her. When hospital workers noted that the victim weighed only about 70 pounds and was suffering form severe bedsores, they alerted police and social agencies. The woman then died a week later from cancer complications. The Kane County, Illinois Coroner said members of his staff were “sickened” by Barry’s condition. A grand jury indicted the sisters, following an investigation by a new interagency task force formed to probe elder abuse cases. The state’s attorney argued that the sisters ignored obvious signs of their mother’s deterioration. Their lack of action constituted neglect. To read more about the Illinois elder abuse, please click the link.