Woman arrested for elderly abuse in Moultrie

Published: Mar. 23, 2017 at 9:02 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2017 at 2:12 PM EDT
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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Carolyn Edwards is now charged with two counts of simple battery and two counts of exploitation of an elderly person.

According to a report, the victim was an 87 year old patient.

So far it hasn't been confirmed if Edwards was the caretaker of that man but that the incident did happen at Pruitthealth - Magnolia Manor in Moultrie.

"Its a real problem, a serious problem, in the state of Georgia and its something we've been trying for years to bring to the forefront of people who can actually help us do something about it,"Elaine Wilson, a Certified State Ombudsman

Wilson said elderly abuse happens everyday...and sometimes goes unnoticed.

"Sadly some things do happen in long term care settings, it shouldn't happen in any setting but the individuals that are most at risk at the ones living in the community at large because there is no watchful oversight in many cases," said Wilson.

New laws passed in recent years are aimed to help combat the issue of elderly abuse.

In 2013, stiffer penalties were put in place for physical, mental or financial abuse or cruelty to people over age 65 and the handicapped.

Victims also were given the right to testify by video recording.

In 2016, a law passed that created a nurse aid registry for all Certified Nursing Assistants.

" It's sad that we need laws on top of laws on top of laws but sometimes its necessary," said Wilson.

Wilson said sometimes disabilities limit the victims ability to report abuse.

She said that she trains all in home care facilities in South Georgia to speak up when they see something happen.

"People may know, its those who know the difference and know right from wrong and those who for whatever ever reason choose to take the wrong path," said Wilson.

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