The Seattle Times reported today that 24-year-old Kent man was arrested on suspicion on killing the wife of one of the patients at the Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence where he worked. Jane Britt, 75, was found dead in the trunk of her car on March 19 in the center’s parking lot; She had been beaten and strangled. Police said that Britt regularly visited the Center to visit her husband who has been a patient there for two years.
Police Commander Stan McCall said that DNA collected from Britt’s body matched the DNA of an assistant at the Center. The man was arrested and will appear at a bail hearing in King County today. The Seattle Times said they do not release the name of a suspect until they are charged.
Police have not yet mentioned a motive for the slaying but they did say some of Britt’s clothing had been removed.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the elderly usually experience less violent and property crimes than younger persons. Elderly victims are also less likely to protect themselves against violence by running away, fighting off their offender or calling for help.
In our society as the number of elderly increase, we do see an increasing amount of elder abuse in home care settings and in nursing homes. Elder abuse can take the forms of `general neglect but also financial manipulation, physical abuse and sexual abuse.
If one of your loved ones has been seriously injured or died as a result of nursing home staff negligence or abuse, contact The Farber Law Group, a law firm that specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect.