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Three Arrested After Senior Living Residents’ Deaths in Sandy Springs

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sandy Springs Municipal Court

Sandy Springs, Ga. - Three employees of a senior living center in Sandy Springs have been arrested.

The arrests follow two deaths of residents at the center. According to investigations, there was extensive elder abuse at the facility. Families of both the residents were not made aware of the residents' injuries.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus today's post on what led to their deaths - elder neglect and abuse.

Elder Neglect in Georgia

Elder Neglect in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-5-101 as:

A guardian or other person supervising the welfare of or having immediate charge, control, or custody of a disabled adult, elder person, or resident commits the offense of neglect to a disabled adult, elder person, or resident when the person willfully deprives them of health care, shelter, or necessary sustenance to the extent that the health or well-being of such person is jeopardized.

To be found guilty of neglect to a disabled adult, elder person, or resident in Georgia, the State must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This involves showing that the person willfully deprived the victim of either health care, shelter, or necessary sustenance so much that their health or well-being was affected.

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