Investigation into condition of elderly woman results in arrest of caregiver

Pine Bluff police who were sent to a house in the 3200 block of Iris Street to check on the welfare of an elderly woman in September arrested the woman’s caregiver following an investigation into why the woman was left alone.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said the elderly woman was a client of the Department of Human Services and a DHS worker asked police to check on her at about 2 p.m. Sept. 5.

Detective Larry Gailey reported that the woman’s caregiver, Shronda Weaver, 25, was not at the house when officers arrived and they found the elderly woman in bed with bed sores and bumps on her body. The room also had a strong odor of urine and she had to be taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where she was treated. She has since been transferred to an assisted living center, the police report said.

Ramsey said police waited on Weaver for an extended period of time but she did not show up, despite the fact that DHS workers allegedly told her that the elderly woman could not be left alone.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $20,000 bond for Weaver after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with endangering the welfare of an impaired person.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Weaver, told her to have no contact with the elderly woman and to come back to court Nov. 16.