Crime

Nipomo couple suspected of abusing disabled woman

Susanne Wilch Krout, 65, of Nipomo was arrested Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, on suspicion of dependent adult abuse likely to cause great bodily injury. Original story »
Susanne Wilch Krout, 65, of Nipomo was arrested Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, on suspicion of dependent adult abuse likely to cause great bodily injury. Original story »

NOTE: This story has been corrected from the original. The original story incorrectly attributed paramedics as saying the victim was malnourished and covered in her own urine and feces. According to a Sheriff's Office news release, the hospital medical staff gave that information.

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Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Nipomo couple Thursday on suspicion of abusing a dependent adult woman in their care.

On Sept. 23, deputies were called to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria after a 28-year-old woman had been taken there by ambulance for malnourishment.

According to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, paramedics reported finding the woman on the floor at a home in the 200 block of Calle Del Sol in Nipomo and took her to the hospital. Hospital staff determined the woman was malnourished and covered in her own urine and feces, according to the release.

The hospital staff suspected the woman, who suffers from a rare medical condition that requires care for eating, drinking and using the restroom, was the victim of neglect and contacted the Sheriff’s Office, the release said.

Investigators determined the woman had fallen to the floor and had been left there for several days by her caregivers, according to the news release. The Sheriff’s Office claims the incident was just one in a pattern of neglect and abuse over the past few months.

The alleged victim is currently recovering at a local medical facility.

On Thursday, deputies arrested the caregivers, identified as Susanne Krout, 65, and Thomas John Anderson, 30, both of Nipomo, on suspicion of dependent adult abuse likely to cause great bodily injury, a felony.

As of Friday evening, Anderson remained in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. Jail logs indicated Krout was no longer in custody.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman could not immediately be reached for further details Friday.

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