09 January 2017

Judge adds to sentence of woman convicted of elder abuse

A Gwinnett County judge had the same question as everyone else when sentencing a woman convicted of abusing a disabled patient in her care.
Judge Tom Davis wanted to know why Lisa Williams punched, kicked and tried to use a dementia patient’s shirt to strangle her back in April.
“Didn’t she have enough going on without you adding to her burdens?” Davis asked in court, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Williams was caught when the patient’s son hid a camera and recorded the attacks
In the video, Williams grabs the disabled woman by neck, pulls her forward and back and lets her drop to the floor.
She screams something in the woman’s face, turns toward the door for a few moments, and leaves.

Woman charged with murder, elder abuse in mother's death

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Judy Ann Smothers was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder and second-degree elder abuse in the death of her mother, 87-year-old Theresa Smothers.
Judy Ann Smothers pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to Missouri Casenet, no future court date had been scheduled as of Sunday.
The younger Smothers was released on bond.
The 65-year-old Smothers originally was arrested Dec. 29 on suspicion of assault and elder abuse after police found her mother malnourished and lying in a bed soaked in fecal matter and urine.