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Gingersnap
01-28-2011, 10:41 AM
Pearl Harbor survivor found living in filth; caretaker arrested on suspicion of elder abuse

January 26, 2011 | 6:29 pm

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A 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor was found dirty, disoriented and living in filth at his home outside El Cajon, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The man's caretaker, Milagros Angeles, 63, was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse. Sheriff's deputies also discovered that thousands of dollars had been taken from the veteran, the Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

When deputies went to the tiny home on Euclid Avenue on Tuesday, they found the resident clutching what apparently was his prized possession: a picture of the ship, the Vestal, that he was serving on the day of the Japanese attack.

The Vestal, a repair ship, was moored next to the battleship Arizona. After being repaired at Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., it returned to the fleet and engaged in several major battles.

Suffering from dementia and dehydration, the victim was taken to the Veterans Affairs hospital in San Diego. His name was not released, in accordance with rules involving elder abuse cases.

His status as a Pearl Harbor survivor was confirmed by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn., according to the group's past president Arthur Herriford. "It's a damn shame that this happened," he said.

Sgt. Mark Varnau of the Sheriff's Department elder abuse unit said the the suspect initially did not want to allow deputies into the home. The veteran was found sitting in a chair, holding the picture, he said.

The man has relatives in Southern California, but they were unaware of his condition, Varnau said.

"We tell people they should check on their kids," Varnau said. "They should check on their parents too."

:mad:

LA Times blog (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/01/a-93-year-old-pearl-harbor-survivor-was-founddirty-disoriented-and-living-in-filth-at-his-home-outside-el-cajon-the-san-d.html)

obx
01-28-2011, 11:01 AM
Angeles should be horsewhipped every day untill he pays back every cent he stole from this man. I volunteer my services.

Novaheart
01-28-2011, 11:16 AM
Angeles should be horsewhipped every day untill he pays back every cent he stole from this man. I volunteer my services.

He might not be all there either. If he lived in that house? I'd say he had problems too.

I am more disturbed by the fact that the family lives nearby, and hasn't checked up on the old man. Even if he was an abusive asshole earlier in his life (and there is no reason to think that's the case, but allowing for cause) you'd think someone would check in now and then, if only to make sure the house will inherit in good condition.

Odysseus
01-28-2011, 04:08 PM
I wonder if the caretaker was legal?