Thursday, May 1, 2008

Domestic Elder Abuse in Louisiana: The Case of August Baxter

by -Eric C. Baxter

My late father, August Baxter, was an elderly and disabled man when, as his wife lay dying, his home was invaded by interlopers who appointed themselves to be his "caregivers". He was coerced into signing legal instruments he could not read and which were artfully designed to imprison him and rob him of his assets. His body was ultimately found in the lake behind his home, just days before a legal resolution seemed at hand. The manner of his death was classified as "undetermined", but his apparent drowning in two feet of water resulted from negligence, violence or the application of psychological abuse.

Throughout his long ordeal, family members reporting his exploitation, urgently warning of his endangerment and attempting to arrange the legal assistance he requested were subjected to acts of official reprisal and intimidation. State law defines elder abuse and criminalizes any failure to report it; it does not criminalize the actual commission of abuse or the misconduct of corrupt investigating authorities. As a policy of civil rights, this simply means that one concerned for an abused elder's welfare is required to convene his own lynch mob.

Toward a viable civil remedy: Contrary to the misguided and profoundly incompetent policies of the EPS, further elder abuse should be enjoined against when the abuse first occurs; the policy of allowing it to continue until "other efforts fail" merely results in needless suffering and death. Standing to file for protection from domestic elder abuse should extend to victim's family members and not lay exclusively in the hands of mindless and arrogant bureaucrats.

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Dear Eric;

When you sent your father's story in , this had an immediate resonance, my father Dr. A.J. Fernandez also died an unclassified death , in our opinion due to the application of psychological abuse by the removal of his wife of 58 years from his side with out benefit of due process.

A short time later my mother was left alone as a result of a negligent (APS Investigation) and fell requiring brain surgery and became incapacitated after signing over everything everything she had saved for her retirement .

The problem in Adult Protectives Services in being retroactive is that they must often have a body before they act and by then it is too late for your father, my mother and the countless other victims that could have been avoided .


Olivias Mom said...

Okay everyone..
I have been sitting here for months reading this horriffic stories, writing letters and making phone calls and doing hours of research in hopes to find someone, anyone who will stand up and help us fight this fight nationally.
I have been reporting the monster here in Illinois who has been exploitating seniors for years, hundreds and hundreds of them and she is still getting away with it.
What are we going to do? WE have got to do something, this is happening all over the UNITED STATES every second of every day.
I am so frustrated right now as I am sure most of you are. I just want someone to help us someone to stand up and say.. enough is enough. How many more seniors have to suffer and die before we get some action?

Angela ( Extreme Advocate for the Elderly)

Ray said...

Angela, I wish it was as easy as that, the way most of us think. This is outrageous! How could your average american know this is happenning and be okay with it!

Don't forget that the deck is stacked against us, we are the Guardian's natural enemy right from the outset!

Attorney Robert L. Aldridge

Sums it up hen he says:

"Misleading unsworn or untested allegations maligning family members are the norm in forced guardianships."

The Guardian benefits from a long drawn out guardianship and the Ward, who perhaps should not be in a G'ship to begin with , becasue she is in no inminent danger, has no one to fight to restore her civil rights, and can languish in no mans land for years.My mother has been in a G'aship for 3years at a emotional and a financial cost that dwarfs whatever money might have been lost during the stock market crash of 9-11.