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December 17, 2008

Elder Abuse: Woman Sentenced (MI. USA)

Woman sentenced forkilling mother
Diane Diamante will spend 12 to 30years in prison
Monday, 15 Dec 2008

KALAMAZOO, Mich.
(WOOD)

A woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill for killing her mother is going to prison.
Diane Diamante was arrested in September 2007 after abusing her mother, Margaret, in the Woodbridge Hills retirement home in Portage that they shared.

When medical personnel arrived, they found Margaret Diamante, 87, semi-conscious and lying on the floor. They discovered she had been struck in the back of the head and had several bruises on her body. Doctors later found she had bleeding on the brain.
Margaret Diamate, 87, died a week later from her injuries.

Diane Diamante was arrested in Platte County, Wyoming after checking herself into a hospital. She was later charged and entered a plea.

She was sentenced Monday to 12 to 30 years.

SOURCE: Wood TV
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This is one of few cases of elder abuse, in private homes, that attracted media attention.
The media highlight the abuses in nursing homes and that of financial abuses. Financial elder abuse is now a growing business for lawyers.

Who cares about the elder abuse in private homes?

Without down-grading abuses in nursing homes; we must not forget those who are abused in the privacy of their own homes. It is undoubtedly more difficult to investigate this kind of elder abuse. But, even with ample documentary/video evidence (ie. the Frank Punito Case) little can be done for the victim(s).

More importantly, unless there are blood and gore, those cases do not make good headlines.

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