Woman accused of neglecting adult Care-giver charged with abusing client


A Westminster woman has been charged with one count of vulnerable adult abuse and neglect in Carroll District Court for allegedly leaving an elderly woman unwashed and unattended.

State police alleged in court documents that Bertha Irene Palino, 46, of the 600 block of Barnes Ave., left an elderly woman who was in her care unwashed for at least two months at a house in Finksburg. The documents allege that the defendant was found in a filthy bed by her nephew, who went to check on her Wednesday.

Troopers reported that the nephew went to the house to check on his aunt and found a sign on the door saying that the woman had gone to church with some friends.

The nephew, who didn't believe the note, knocked on the door but got no answer. He walked around the house trying to see inside. When a dog inside the house moved a curtain, the man could see his aunt lying in the bed in her room.

The man removed a screen and opened a window to enter the house, and found Ms. Palino inside, too.

The house reeked of human and animal waste, apparently from the dog and several cats there, state police said.

When Ms. Palino ordered the man out of the house, he called police, authorities said.

Tfc. D. L. Brauning Jr. noted in his report that he was appalled at the odor of animal and human waste, and the volume of dirty clothes, rotting food and garbage in the house when he answered the nephew's call.

The man's aunt was found in her bed wearing a dirty nightgown and lying on a stained mattress, the trooper said. There was no sheet on the bed, he said.

The woman, who was unable to care for herself, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital and admitted in a malnourished condition, court records said.

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