NJ woman neglected elderly person, causing heat stroke, AG says
MARLBORO TWP. – A disabled elderly person suffered heatstroke and second-degree burns to his legs, chest and arms after being left outside in the hot sun on July 4, 2019, and the resident’s female caregiver now faces charges.
A statement from the state attorney general’s office on Thursday did not say in what capacity Valerie Pinchinat, 28, of Linden was involved with Advancing Opportunities at Marlboro at the time, or whether she was still associated with the establishment, but a grand jury indictment Wednesday accuses Pinchinat of third-degree neglect of an elderly or disabled person.
The victim was left in the sun long enough, according to the OAG, for his internal body temperature to reach 106 degrees, and then required intubation at Bayshore Medical Center.
Text of the indictment identified the victim only by the initials “SS” and specified an age of at least 60 years. The person’s disability(ies) were not disclosed.
The third-degree charge against Pinchinat carries a jail term of three to five years if convicted, and a fine of up to $15,000.
The Attorney General’s Office has asked New Jersey residents who believe they have witnessed Medicaid fraud, or patient abuse and neglect, to email [email protected], complete a online formor call 609-292-1272.
Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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