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Chatsworth woman charged in mother's death

August 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman whose 85-year-old mother was found near death in decrepit conditions today in the house they shared in Chatsworth -- and who later died at a hospital -- was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse, police said. Elise Gladstein was found by police officers who went to their home in the 21900 block of Dupont Street on a welfare check about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Karen Smith.

"They found that she was gravely ill and was covered in human waste and had not been cared for in quite some time," Smith said.

Gladstein was taken to West Hills Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11 p.m., Smith said.

The victim's daughter, Belinda Feldman, 54, was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse and abuse of a dependent adult, with other charges possible, Smith said.

Neighbors told the TV station that Feldman has a history of mental illness and sometimes stops taking her medication.

She was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

 

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