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November 19, 2011

Son Accused of Elder Abuse (USA)

Nov 18, 2011
By Cara Liu

PHOENIX (KPHO) -
Joe Rivera, 56, was booked on elder abuse and animal cruelty charges Wednesday. 
According to court records, there was little food in his home and the house reeked of feces and urine.  Police also said his 90-year-old mother regularly went to neighbors, asking for food.
"I gave her some sopa, some beans, some soda, some bananas and some apples," said Lecia, a child who lives in the neighborhood.  "She looked very, very hungry and the dogs did, too."
"She walked around and asked us for food and money, but we never knew she was being neglected that bad," said Robert Sanchez, a neighbor who's known the family for years.
Police also said three of Rivera's six dogs also looked malnourished.  Sanchez said he was stunned by the arrest.
"I couldn't do that to my mom," said Sanchez.  "(Rivera's) had problems too.  His dad passed away.  He lost his job and stuff like that.  But that's no excuse."

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