Woman beat, kept food from elderly woman, deputies say


Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.

A Gainesville woman has been accused of beating the woman for whom she was a caretaker, failing to provide her enough food and forcing her to almost exclusively stay in one room without a bathroom, according to a report.

Wanda P. Baker, 57, of 4310 Hawthorne Road, was arrested Tuesday on charges of elder abuse and aggravated battery, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

The victim is a 59-year-old woman in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and Baker has been her sole caretaker since the woman's husband died in 2003, the report states.

Investigators reported that the woman was malnourished to the point that her "bones are all that is seen," the report states. She was searching the home for food and found cereal to eat. Baker found out about that and beat her on the head and body with a piece of metal.

The report states the woman ran out of the home to a gas station and called her sister, who took her to the hospital. The woman had a bloody gash on the her head and very large raised knots on her forearms, the report states.

Investigators allege that Baker forced the woman to stay almost exclusively in one room. She used a plastic portable toilet for urinating and was made to go outside to defecate into a plastic grocery bag, the report states.

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