Melbourne, FL (February 22, 2019) - A Melbourne man identified as 41-year-old Allen Arias has been arrested for neglecting to care for his grandmother, 87-year-old Anita Arias. The lack of care allegedly led to her death, according to investigators.
Arias brought his grandmother to the hospital last month, where hospital staff determined that she was in extremely poor health and had such severe injuries that they were classified as consistent to medical neglect, including dehydration and pressure ulcers, some of which were insect-infested. The grandmother died shortly after Arias brought her to the hospital.
Anita Arias had been checked out of a rehab facility by Allen in December of 2018 and, at the time, she was determined to be in good health. Medical staff members called multiple times in the following weeks to ensure that Allen Arias was properly caring for his grandmother but they never received a call back.
Investigators determined that Allen had not been giving his grandmother her medication and this neglect led to her death. He has since been charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person.
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