April 12th, 2010
A former nursing home worker in California was recently found guilty of seven counts of elder abuse and one count of torture. Cesar Ulloa, former worker at the Silverado Senior Living facility in Calabasas, CA, was accused of body slamming and jumping on the chest of a 78-year-old woman and encouraging wheelchair-bound residents to fight.
Witnesses testified that Ulloa, 21, engaged in nursing home abuse because the residents suffered from dementia and other conditions and were unable to report the abuse.
Ulloa has been in jail since his arrest in 2008 and faces a life sentence when he is sentenced in May.
“He attacked the most vulnerable people, and he laughed while doing it. This was sport for him,” said Deputy District Attorney Robin Allen with the Elder Abuse Unit.
Suspicion of Ulloa was originally raised in 2007 after the death of Elmore Kittower. Kittower’s wife recieved a call from the mother of a worker at the nursing home saying that her husband had been beaten to death. An autopsy of the exhumed body found Kittower had several broken bones and had been abused for months with blunt force trauma contributing to his death.
The Silverado Senior Living facility has denied any wrongdoing in this matter.