Two Dauphin County women are facing charges for the neglect of an 88-year-old relative who they were supposed to be caring for, according to Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.
Kathy Hope, 58, and Elena Mishula, 30, of Middle Paxton Township, are each charged with neglect of care of a dependent person (a felony of the first degree). Bail was set at $5,000 each.
According to court documents, emergency medical personnel were called to a home along the 300 block of Lakewood Drive on Feb. 6 and found an elderly woman lying on the concrete carport.
The unidentified woman was taken to Harrisburg Hospital where doctors discovered she was suffering from hypothermia, sepsis, hypertension, bed sores and other medical conditions, authorities said.
The woman had not been given her medications in months and remains hospitalized, Marsico said. Detectives obtained a search warrant and found the home to be uninhabitable with rotten food, trash, animal feces and diapers littered throughout the house.
“No one should suffer like this woman did,” Marsico said in a statement. “We are going to hold individuals who neglect the elderly responsible for their actions and inactions.”
Marsico credited the Dauphin County Elder Abuse Task Force, the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging’s Protective Services division, and county detectives for their work in the investigation.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for both Hope and Mishula on April 7.
To report suspected abuse in Dauphin County, call the county’s toll-free, 24-hour Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-866-SAFE-111 (1-800-723-3111).