Pinay caregiver appears in court

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 06 2011 04:54 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2011 05:49 AM

EL CAJON, Calif. – A Filipina caregiver accused of abusing her 93-year-old patient appeared in court for a brief check in.

Last week, Milagros Angeles, 62, pled not guilty and appeared in court a bit confused and did not speak much.

Angeles, a live-in caregiver for Pearl Harbor survivor Arnold Bauer, is charged with elderly abuse and possession of forged checks.

Police said they found Bauer dehydrated, at his home in his own filth. The house was left a mess inside with garbage and rat feces throughout the home.

Angeles, his caregiver of 3 years, was found hiding in a bedroom with $9,000 cash hidden underneath the 5 layers of clothes she was wearing. (Related story: Caregiver nabbed for elderly abuse in US)

Friends of Bauer said they had been suspicious of Angeles for the past year. They tried to convince Bauer to find a new caregiver.

“We kept saying she wasn't treating him good," said a friend of the victim.

According to friends, Angeles was not part of any agency. She was hired through a private agreement made between her and Bauer.

Neighbors have since offered to help clean up the home but reports say Bauer’s family has yet to accept the help. Bauer remains in a Veterans Affairs Hospital where he is being treated for prostate cancer.

Meanwhile, Angeles’ next preliminary trial is scheduled for February 22nd. If convicted Angeles, can spend up to 6 years and 8 months in prison.

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