Homicide detectives in San Diego were investigating the death of an elderly woman from the Palm City area. According to reports, the woman was being cared for by a professional “caretaker.” When a relative of the 83-year-old victim called police to check on the victim, police went to the woman’s home and found her dead in the bathroom.
According to police, there were no signs of trauma but that elder abuse was suspected. Police arrested caretaker Maria Moore on suspicion of elder abuse and booked her into county jail. A cause of death has not been determined.
News accounts do not state where Moore was employed by a home health agency or whether or she was working on her own. If is determined that the victim’s death was due to neglect, Moore and the agency she works with (if there is one) may face civil liability under California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.
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