Haifa, Israel – A 55-year old woman was arrested Monday for the alleged assault and abuse of an elderly woman she was hired to care for.
The abuse was discovered after the elderly woman’s family suspected her caretaker of theft. They hired a private investigator and were shocked to discover that their beloved relative – a 72-year-old Holocaust survivor – was severely abused.
The suspect was hired by the woman’s family about six months ago to assist her, since she has great difficulty communicating with her surrounding.
After a few months, the elderly woman’s husband began noticing some money was missing from the house and along with his son, hired private investigator Avi Barnea.
“When I came to the house I noticed clear signs of violence, including a ‘black eye,’ she couldn’t explain,” he told Ynet.
Barnea suggested the husband install surveillance cameras in an attempt to monitor both his wife’s care and the place where he kept his money.
The footage revealed more than the caretaker’s theft – which the husband later valued at some NIS 12,000 (roughly $3,200) – it also showed her systematically hitting, punching and kicking her patient.
The family turned the footage over to the police promptly and the woman was arrested. According to police sources, the suspect denied the allegations at first, but after she was confronted by the footage, she changed her version of the events, saying the elderly woman yelled at her and she lost control.