STOUGHTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts caregiver has been charged with neglecting an elderly woman found in an unheated basement bedroom.
Forty-eight-year-old Sandra Lucien-Calixte of Stoughton pleaded not guilty on Monday to permitting injury to an elderly person. She has been freed on $25,000 bail.
She was charged Friday, several days after police said they found the 75-year-old woman in Lucien-Calixte's home. Police said heat in the small room was off and a thermostat read 51 degrees. They announced the arrest Thursday.
Stoughton Deputy Police Chief Robert Devine said the alleged victim had severe bed sores and was malnourished and dehydrated. He said she was hospitalized and last reported in intensive care. Devine said it's not clear how long the elderly woman was in the room.
Lucien-Calixte is due back in Stoughton District Court April 14.
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