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01-31-11, 02:42 AM #1
Pearl Harbor Survivor Found Living in Filth, Caretaker Arrested
EL CAJON, Calif. -- The caretaker of a 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor found disoriented and living in filth in his San Diego County home pleaded not guilty to elder abuse and other felonies Thursday.
Milagros Angeles, 62, is charged with false imprisonment of an elder, theft by a caretaker and altering checks to steal thousands of dollars from her employer.
She was ordered held on $1 million bail.
Deputy District Attorney Danielle Hickman told the judge that Angeles had been working for widower Arnold Bauer since 2009.
The war veteran's bank became concerned when employees noticed he hadn't been in since October and notified Adult Protective Services, Hickman said.
When deputies arrived at the home in unincorporated El Cajon on Tuesday, they found Bauer clutching a photograph of his ship, the USS Vestal, said Sgt. Mark Varnau of the Sheriff Department's Elder Abuse Unit.
The Vestal was moored next to the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bauer was dehydrated and disoriented, suffering either from dementia or Alzheimer's disease, and did not want to let the deputies in his home, Varnau said.
"He's frail, but he did not appear to have been physically beaten or abused," he said.
Elder Abuse: Pearl Harbor Survivor Found Living in Filth, Caretaker Arrested for Elder Abuse - OrlandoSentinel.comDo not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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01-31-11, 08:37 AM #2
That's a shame. Kudos to whichever bank employees notified the authorities.
01-31-11, 09:43 AM #3SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
01-31-11, 09:58 AM #4
The other thing that makes me sad and angry about this story is that he has children who live close enough to have checked on him.
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