Clinton Twp. woman charged with abusing elderly mother

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

A Clinton Township woman was arraigned Friday on charges of vulnerable adult abuse for allegedly abusing her elderly mother, the Macomb County prosecutor said. 

Ann Marie Walsh, 55, was arraigned on charges of first-degree vulnerable adult abuse, a 15-year felony, by Clinton Township Magistrate Ryan Zemke of 41B District Court. She was given a $100,000 cash bond.

Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith

Clinton Township Police received a call on Aug. 8 from a hospital with concerns regarding a severely injured woman in her 80s. The woman was in unstable condition, incapacitated and on a ventilator and had a brain bleed and numerous broken bones, prosecutors said in a press release. 

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said the woman and her daughter share an apartment in Clinton Township, where police and prosecutors allege the abuse occurred. While searching the apartment, police found dents in the walls and blood spatters throughout the victim's bedroom and on her bedding.

"The amount of abuse this elderly victim sustained is unbelievable," Smith said in the release. "She has suffered a multitude of trauma, broken bones, and even a brain bleed. No one deserves to be treated like this, especially by their own child."

The victim's daughter told police she's her mother's caregiver, Smith said.

"It appears, however, nothing could be further from the truth as she left her mother lying on the floor for more than two days following this horrendous beating,” he said.  

Anyone suspecting that a vulnerable adult has been abused, neglected or exploited should contact local police and Adult Protective Services, at (855) 444-3911. 

"If in doubt, remember that it is better to err on the side of caution. Failure, or delay, in making the call could cost a vulnerable adult their life," the prosecutor said.

Walsh's next scheduled court date is 8 a.m. Aug. 28 in 41B District Court in Mount Clemens.

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