A Park Hill woman is accused of abusing her mother and is facing felony charges.
Three counts of abuse by caretaker were filed this week in Cherokee County against Ella Milstead, 53, who is the legal guardian of her mother, Opal Murphy.
Court documents state that Milstead physically abused her mother, not providing her medications and using her financial funds for her own personal use.
The son of an elderly couple found tied to a bed in a suburban Detroit motel, lying in their own feces and urine, was charged Friday with adult abuse.
Eric J. Gala, 55, who owns the Flamingo Motel here, admitted to authorities that his parents were rarely bathed and that he had tied them to the bed so they would not leave, police said.
The dark room where they were found Nov. 6 was filled with flies, it had no hot water or sufficient heat, and the man and woman had bedsores.
A new policy implemented by the Allegheny County district attorney requires local police officers to contact a prosecutor before issuing any criminal complaint in elder abuse cases.
The idea behind the change, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said, is to ensure the investigation is handled quickly and thoroughly.
"These are not commonplace for most police officers to deal with," he said. "The realities of investigating these crimes are complicated."
The same procedures are already in place in Allegheny County for crimes such as homicide and rape.
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