Nursing Home Resident Allegedly Kidnapped by Family Member
According to Police, at approximately 5:30 Wednesday
night, officers responded to a call from a man who claimed his
85-year-old mother had been kidnapped from her nursing home.
When officers arrived, he explained that nursing home employees had
notified him that they were unable to find the woman in the nursing
Reportedly, the man stated that his female cousin may have abducted his
mother from the nursing home although she had been instructed by him
not to visit the missing woman while she was rehabilitating from hip
fractures. The man said that his
mother’s physician had requested no visitations due to her fragile
Police further reported that upon speaking with nursing home staff,
the missing woman had not been checked out of the facility but yet they could not find her in the nursing home. One employee noted
seeing a woman she recognized as the woman’s niece, along with two
other people described only as a middle aged man and woman, loading the
missing resident into a truck that was in the nursing
home’s parking lot around 3:30pm that day.
contacted the husband of residents ’s niece by phone and questioned him about his
wife possibly being involved in the disappearance of the resident. He told police that she was going to the facility to visit her aunt, but that he did not know when she would be
back, possibly Thursday or Friday. He also said he knew she was traveling with
friends in the friends car, and that he
had no way of contacting his wife during the trip. Officers told the
man that they felt it unusual that his wife would go on a trip four
hours away and that he did not have any details of the trip. The man
was then instructed to call Police immediately when he had
any contact from his wife.
On Thursday morning, Police received information that the
was no longer
considered to be endangered. No arrests were made; however, a further
investigation is pending.For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter,
Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to
protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted
living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg,
Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Sat, January 16, 2010
by Kristie Pierce