This is why this news of the outcome of a caregiver negligence case with a final guilty verdict brings me some comfort because mindlessly mistreating another human being is just. wrong.
According to a media statement from the Berkshire DA office, a guilty verdict in an evidence-based trial of elder abuse was obtained after a two-day jury trial at Berkshire’s Central District Court on Wednesday afternoon. A jury found 64-year-old Lynn Ludovico, of Tolland, guilty of one count of caretaker negligence.
Ludovico agreed to become the superintendent of the 84-year-old victim, eventually moving the bedridden victim to a plumbing workshop with inadequate facilities and under renovation in Sandisfield in October of 2019. The victim became malnourished and dehydrated.
Lifepath and the Berkshire District Attorney’s office began an investigation after Ludovico sued the victim for failing to take care of herself. Lifepath and Sandisfield Fire/EMS removed the victim from the residence in November 2019.
Subsequent state police investigation of Lee Barracks found that Ludovico was reckless in her care of the victim. The victim died before the trial and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office continued the trial without the victim’s testimony.
Judge Danielle L. Williams sentenced Ludovico to a year in prison, suspended for two years. The conviction also prevents Ludovico, who was working in a local nursing home, from working as a caregiver and orders her to consult with the collective rehabilitation department. The DA office asked Lodovico to serve for one year directly at the Berkshire County House of Correction.
Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a media statement:
My office remains committed to the most vulnerable people in our society. This guilty verdict will ensure that Ms. Ludovico will not have the opportunity to mistreat another elderly person.
Thanks to all members of Law Enforcement and the DA Bureau for all their hard work.