California caretaker arrested for patient's death

Police in California say a caretaker has been arrested on suspicion of elder abuse after the body of her 83-year-old patient was found dead in her San Diego home.

Police say a relative from Napa called San Diego police Thursday and asked someone to check on the woman.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the relative suspected the woman might be a victim of elder neglect and abuse.

When officers received no response at the woman's home, they entered the residence and found the woman dead in the bathroom. Police say signs of trauma were evident.

Detectives found the caregiver, 70-year-old Maria Moore, in a house next door. She was questioned and taken into custody.

Authorities did not say how the woman died.

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune

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