Police in Independence are investigating a case of suspected elder abuse after a 74-year-old woman was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
According to police, officers were called by the hospital to investigate allegedly unsanitary conditions at the woman’s home in the 300 block of Peck around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday night. Police say that the woman, whose name has not been released, lived in the home with a caretaker, identified by neighbors as the woman’s son.
Neighbors told FOX 4 News that they were surprised to learn that the woman lived in the house, saying that they can only recall ever seeing a man going in and out of the house.
Police say that based on the condition of the house and medical condition of the woman, they are investigating it as a potential case of elder abuse.