An Illinois judge recently decided that two resident charged in an egregious case of Illinois elder abuse will have to remain in jail. The story is enough to turn the stomach of most community members. According to reports in the Chicago Sun-Times, a mother and son were arrested in late May for elder abuse after sending their husband and father to the hospital in critical condition.
Apparently the father and son became angry at the man while they were helping him with his diaper. For reasons unknown they then began physically beating and restraining the elderly 74-year old victim. The attack included the pair using duct tape to secure the man to his bed. It also involved purposefully hitting the senior with a dose of pepper spray.
Authorities eventually arrested the two perpetrators of Illinois senior abuse on charges of aggravated battery and unlawful restraint. The father and mother were denied a bond reduction from the $50,000 level. Each could face between two and five years in prison on the battery charge and one to three more for the unlawful restraint. They will likely remain in custody until their next hearing in late June.
Neighbors of the family claim to have suspected abuse for quite some time. Their neighbors had actually cared for the elderly man for several years, watching him for 12 hours each day. However, eventually the father and mother claimed that they needed to take care of him, and so he began spending most of his time in the family home. No other direct physical altercations were witnessed, but shouting matches and name-calling were frequently heard.
Our Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to work on behalf of victims of negligent and abusive elderly care. Far too many elderly community members remain trapped in terrible living conditions because those charged with their care do little to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Please do not let these seniors suffer in silence. Report all instances of potential abuse and contact an Illinois injury lawyer to see if any legal action should be taken.
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