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Woman Arrested for Abusing Elder Victim, Who Later Died

Woman Arrested for Abusing Elder Victim, Who Later Died

New Castle County Police in Delaware have arrested a woman and charged her with intentionally abusing and causing harm to a homebound, 82-year-old man.

But it's too late. The man died last weekend after spending two months in a hospital intensive care unit. He was admitted February 20 with a body temperature of 87 degrees. He had pressure sores on his back, legs and groin and suffered from dehydration and hypothermia.

Jailed at the Women's Correctional Institute is 46-year-old Louanna Gary, after she failed to post a $5,000 secured bail.

New Castle County Health Officials and the Attorney General's Office said Gary was responsible for taking care of the victim the last two years. Authorities said the victim's home fell far below health standards.

As disturbing as this case is, it's rare. The National Center on Elder Abuse has long-determined 47 percent of elder abusers are the adult children, 19 percent are spouses, and 17 percent are grandchildren or other relatives. The revealing fact is just 16 percent of elder abusers are unrelated to their victims.

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