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Woman Allows Elderly Man to Sleep on Bed of Fire Ants

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM
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A judge ordered a 10-year probation term for a Robinson woman who allowed a mentally disabled man she was caring for sleep on a fire-ant mound.

Carole Laura Jacobs also must do 400 hours of community service.

The Waco Tribune-Herald, in its online edition Wednesday, reported the 71-year-old man was using a walker June 9 he fell in the woman's back yard.

Defense attorney Thomas West said the 65-year-old Jacobs struggled to help the man to his feet, but could not get him to stand, so she gave him a blanket and they spent the night outdoors.

A report by Robinson police said Jacobs apparently did not realize the diabetic man was being bitten by fire ants, plus his blood sugar level had fallen.

Police said Jacobs, who worked for a company that contracts with the state for elderly care, did not call her employer to summon help until about 15 hours after the man fell.

Jacobs in October pleaded guilty to injury to a disabled person. She was sentenced Tuesday to deferred probation, meaning there is no final judgment of guilt if Jacobs successfully completes probation.

"Obviously, it was a serious mistake in judgment, and she admitted it," according to West. "But otherwise, she had numerous years of taking care of individuals who needed it and did a very good job at it."

The injured man and two other men were removed from the care of Jacobs, who no longer works with the disabled.

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 3:02 PM
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amnesialand69
by Bronze Member on Dec. 17, 2008 at 3:41 PM

wow. if that woman was such a good worker for elderly people why didn't she call for help if they couldn't get him to stand. what if that man died? wow is all i can say

 

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by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Something isn't right here.  Nobody in their right mind would fail to call for help.  At least she got him a blanket and slept with him.  Still....doesn't sound like she was playing with a full deck.

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