The suspected involved in a shocking elder abuse video may never face justice. Baltimore Police now say the woman responsible for beating a 90-year-old man hopped a plane and left the country. ABC2 Investigator Joce Sterman has more on how the victim's daughter is reacting.
Anastacia Oluoch is believed to be the woman in the shocking video thats grabbed national attention of the beating of 90-year-old John Taylor. Now city police say this accused abuser is a fugitive from justice. Sterling Clifford with the Baltimore City Police Department says, "Shortly after she failed to appear for her court appearance, the warrant apprehension task force went to look for her. They checked her home, spoke to her neighbors and family and discovered she has fled the country and returned to Kenya."
The news about Oluoch is most upsetting to Jaki Taylor, the daughter of the victim seen in that disturbing abuse footage. She says, "I'm very angry, very disappointed. I feel like it's a slap in the face to my father." Taylor feels Oluoch's $5,000 bail was too low and she's upset no one ever confiscated the woman's passport to keep her in the United States. She says, "They let her come here, beat on my father and they pretty much escorted her to the airport and said 'Thank you for coming' and they let her go."
But a spokeswoman for the State's Attorney's Office says prosecutors are not generally involved in the initial bail review of a case like this. Margaret Burns also said it's up to a judge to decide whether someone's passport should be seized. As for this case, Burns says, "The system does not allow prosecutors to have a voice at the stage of the proceedings where Miss Taylor feels like we should have acted."
But Jaki Taylor wants action now. That's why she's writing to local, state and federal lawmakers - pushing for tougher laws and stiffer penalties for elder abuse. And she's hoping one day Oluoch will be returned to Baltimore for trial. She says, "There's been no justice for John Taylor. They need to show my dad the respect he deserves and get her back here."
Getting Oluoch back into the country for trial may be tough, in part because extradition laws are complicated to navigate. But if prosecutors decide to move ahead with that plan, it would be up to the U.S. Marshal's Service to make the arrest.
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"The Suspected Involved in a Shocking Elder Abuse Video May Never Face Justice" this should not comes as a surprise to our members and readers at E.A. who are used to reading about social worker who sentences are suspended and companies found guilty of defrauding elders for years and is fined, but the Amount Will not be Collected and abusers not investigated because it falls under a civilly matter designation.
"The news about Oluoch is most upsetting to Jaki Taylor, the daughter of the victim seen in that disturbing abuse footage. She says, "I'm very angry, very disappointed. I feel like it's a slap in the face to my father." Taylor feels Oluoch's $5,000 bail was too low. "
Mrs Jaki Taylor welcome to the club, our elders many which cases have been well documented in this web site have all been slapped in the face, that is the reason for this website, until you feel the sting of that slap, many will not wake up and heed our warnings and work with us in reforming the system.
Sure the bail was too low 10% is $500 hardly an incentive to stick around, and a cheap price for a stay out of jail free card. That's what we been talking about. How do these people do it to get this preferential treatment ?
Or perhaps the message that the authorities are putting out is that elder abuse is not such a bad crime, it's s a business and a very lucrative one at that !
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