Albany -- Prosecutors say abuse of the elderly is a crime that could grow dramatically in coming years as the population ages. They're determined to make sure older South Georgians are protected.
Last week a Dougherty Grand Jury indicted Robert Hooks for felony murder. Prosecutors say his neglect of his 83-year old mother Jewel Hooks led to her death. Prosecutors say it is illegal of course to beat an elderly person, but it is also just as much a crime to neglect an older person dependant on care. Dougherty Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards said "not providing sustenance, not providing medical attention. Also financial abuse of elderly persons. Those are the two primary causes of crime in that regard."
Ombudsmen say most abused elderly people will not report the abuse because often it is a family member involved.
More Prosecutors and Police Officers are being trained how to recognize elder abuse.