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Elderly People Held in Squalid Conditions

Authorities arrested a woman 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. The woman was arrested on 16 counts of suspected elder abuse. Many of the people appeared to have mental health issues. The people were being held in dilapidated buildings, some without running water or toilets. The facility is not licensed with the state or the city. At least two of the residents were in wheelchairs. Police say that while some residents were held in converted chicken coops, others lived in shared bedrooms, the doors of which had padlocks on them. The elderly residents ate on two picnic tables beneath outside a dirt floor. Two of the residents needed medical care after the elderly abuse. This is one of the greatest cases of elderly abuse and negligence. To read more about the abuse, please click the link.