By: Erika Stanish of KDKA-TV
FORWARD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Two people have been arrested for elder abuse in Forward Township.
Police said it was a horrific case of abuse and neglect.
According to the criminal complaint, the 76-year-old victim’s daughter realized something was wrong after she tried to call her mother several times over Thanksgiving and received no answer. After arriving at her mother’s home, police said the woman reported that the victim was lying on a couch with her own urine and feces.
Police charged Lori and Nicholas Giacomelli, who police said were in charge of the victim’s care and well-being. Lori was the victim’s ex-daughter-in-law and lived with her in a house with her son, Nicholas, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said both admitted not to bathe the victim, possibly for years. Police said Lori was also responsible for the victim’s finances and used her money for gas, groceries and auto parts.
The 76-year-old woman is in the hospital, suffering from COVID-19, lice and pneumonia, among others.
Both have been charged with neglecting to care for a dependent. A third person is also expected to be charged in the coming days.