Nipomo caregivers face felony neglect charge

A pair of caregivers suspected of abusing a dependent adult woman in their care have each been charged with a felony, according to court records.

Susanne Krout, 65, and Thomas John Anderson, 30, both of Nipomo, appeared in court briefly for an arraignment Thursday, which was continued until Nov. 10. On Oct. 19, the District Attorney’s Office charged them each with one count of dependent adult abuse with infliction of injury.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, staffers at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria called deputies on Sept. 23 after receiving a 28-year-old female who had been taken to the hospital by ambulance. The medical staff suspected the woman was a victim of neglect, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Paramedics had found the woman on the floor of a home in the 200 block of Calle Del Sol in Nipomo. The hospital medical staff “determined the woman was malnourished and covered in her own urine and feces,” according to the press release.

The woman has a rare medical condition that requires assistance with eating, drinking and using the restroom, according to the press release. Krout and Anderson were her caregivers.

According to the sheriff’s department, detectives learned that the woman fell on the bathroom floor and was left there for several days until she was transported to the hospital. An investigation concluded there had been a pattern of abuse.

Krout posted $100,000 bail last week. Anderson was released Thursday on his own recognizance.