Police say a Redmond woman left her frail, elderly mother for hours on end inside a homemade crib — constructed out of two-by-fours and wooden pegboard — while collecting
$3,000 a month to care for her aging parents.
“She wouldn’t have been able to get out,” Officer Mike Dowd said Wednesday of the now-89-year-old mother.
If the older woman, who suffers from dementia, wasn’t left in the crib, she “was restrained to some kind of chair during the day,” Dowd said. The woman’s 92-year-old husband, who is blind and also suffers from dementia, “wasn’t as mobile” as his wife but was just as frail when officers found them, he said.
“It was obvious to the detectives they weren’t receiving the care they needed,” including adequate food and medication, Dowd said. “It’s kind of a depressing story.”
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It’s unclear how long the alleged abuse may have gone on.
The couple’s 65-year-old daughter was arrested Tuesday for investigation of unlawful imprisonment and first-degree theft, suspected of stealing more than $67,000 from her parents, Redmond police say.
She was booked into the King County Jail and released on personal recognizance, according to Dowd and Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Dowd and Donohoe said the case has yet to be forwarded to prosecutors for a charging decision.
In August 2011, Redmond officers were asked to do a welfare check on an “elderly lady,” according to a police department news release. Dowd later said that the case was referred to police from Adult Protective Services, but said he didn’t know who alerted the state agency.
Soon after the welfare check, the woman’s parents were removed from their Redmond condo and placed in an adult-family-care home in Monroe, Dowd said. Their daughter lives in a different unit in the same condo complex, he said.
He said it was a complex case, given that the daughter had power of attorney over her parents, and therefore had a right to access their bank accounts.
“Because the case involves a lot of financials,” it took a long time for detectives to be able “to figure out what she spent the money on,” before being able to make an arrest, Dowd said.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org