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Elderly Abuse Case 4/22/2011
A caretaker accused of harming an elderly married couple in her care was held on $200,000 bond after her first court appearance Wednesday.

The Chelan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has until today to bring criminal charges against the woman, who was recently adopted by the clients so she could legally care for them, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department.

The man, 77, suffered multiple recent strikes to his head and three broken ribs on his left side, according to a probable cause affidavit read aloud by Superior Court Judge John Bridges. He had also recently had one eye surgically removed after a television set fell on him. The woman, 82, had injuries to her hand, wrist and face. She told deputies she believed the caretaker had deliberately run her wheelchair into a wall and crushed her hand.

The caretaker had been arrested five times for DUI between 1991 and 2007, said Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Doug Shae. Public defense attorney Brad Drury was assigned to represent her in future court action.