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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Suspect allegedly jumped on elderly

Ulloa

In Calabasas, Calif., a nursing-home employee is accused of body-slamming elderly patients, jumping on their bodies and other abuse, the Los Angeles Times reports. Some of Cesar Ulloa's alleged victims suffer from dementia, so they weren't able to tell anyone, authorities say. In court, another employee described catching Ulloa in the act:

As she made her rounds at an upscale Calabasas retirement home one morning, Adelina Campos said she walked into a room and caught a fellow caregiver in the act of abusing an elderly man suffering from dementia.

The worker was in midair, hurtling from atop a dresser toward the bed, landing both knees onto the man's belly.

Ulloa is charged with elder abuse and torture, though I wonder why he's not facing an even more serious charge. The whole investigation started after one resident died from "natural causes" -- but an employee later called his widow and said the man had been beaten to death. Investigators exhumed the body and found several broken bones. An autopsy ruled that he'd died of blunt force trauma, the Times reports.

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