California attorney general's office to ramp up elder-abuse investigations
Until he died last month at age 82, Don Esco of Cameron Park had his own way of measuring the passage of time: by the years, months and days since the death of his wife, Johnnie, after a short stay at a Placerville nursing home.
It was never enough, he always said, to settle a civil lawsuit with the El Dorado Care Center in Placerville, which he blamed for his 77-year-old wife's death in March 2008. No, he said, it was never about the money.
Johnnie's death, he maintained, was a criminal matter – and the state of California agreed.
On Thursday – four years, seven months and 24 days after Johnnie Esco died – one of two nurses charged with felony elder abuse in connection with her death pleaded no contest to the charge. Rebecca LeAn Smith, 39, also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the ongoing criminal case against her former nursing supervisor, Donna Darlene Palmer.
While Don Esco did not live long enough to witness Thursday's development in El Dorado Superior Court, his persistence has made its mark in California.
As the Esco case moves forward – and another high-profile prosecution of nursing home staff continues in...
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