Monday, March 19, 2007

Nurse charged with elder abuse of husband

By Colleen Kottke - CKOTTKE@FDLREPORTER.COM Ori-Posted March 16,2007

JUNEAU — A nurse who allegedly let her 78-year-old husband lay on a floor soiled with animal urine and feces for more than four hours has been charged in Dodge County Circuit Court.Sandra Morris, 55, of Neosho, made her initial appearance earlier this week and was charged with misdemeanor negligent maltreatment of vulnerable adults. If convicted, Morris faces up to nine months imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

We applaud the authorities in Alaska for prosecuting this , had this happened in a community in South Florida it would be a non event , in the 37 days Clara has been at the Center I am aware of three cases of Elder Abuse by family members which falls under the guidelines of Elder Abuse as set out by the NIJ and the NCEA and Criminal investigation is warranted yet the victims families have been told by the authorities that these are civil matters.

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