Oct. 31, 2013
Written by Kyle Harvey
A 47-year-old Visalia man has been charged with elder abuse after Visalia police officers reportedly discovered a 76-year-old man living in substandard conditions Wednesday night in southeast Visalia.
Police responded about 9 p.m. to the 1400 block of East Sunnyside Avenue after a 911 caller reported hearing an elderly man screaming from inside a storage shed.
Officers who arrived at the scene discovered evidence that a person had been bound to a chair in the shed. The elderly male at the residence was judged by officers to be in poor physical shape, malnourished and living in a residence that was in bad condition.
The man’s nephew, Marcos Abrego, was also found at the scene. He was arrested and booked at the Main Jail, facing charges of cruelty toward an elder dependent. His bail has been set at $50,000.
The elderly male was taken to receive treatment for unspecified injuries at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, Sgt. Ozzie Dominguez said. The man’s condition was unavailable Thursday afternoon.
If you wish to report elder abuse, contact the county’s Adult Protection Services agency at 1-877-657-3092.
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