ROSAMOND – A Rosamond woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her 81-year-old mother, who suffered from severe neglect and died Friday, authorities said.
Shelly Ann Freeman, 46, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of murder and felony elder abuse, according to Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County sheriff’s office. Freeman is being held without bail, Kern County inmate records show.
The investigation began Friday morning when Rosamond deputies were dispatched to Antelope Valley Hospital at the request of Adult Protective Services for a report of elder abuse, according to a news release from the Kern County sheriff’s office.
“Deputies arrived and found an 81-year-old female suffering from severe neglect. Homicide detectives were notified and assumed the investigation,” sheriff’s officials said in the news release.
Detectives then served a search warrant at a home in the 2300 block of Panorama Lane in Rosamond and found “evidence of elder abuse, including unsanitary conditions and severe neglect,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The 81-year-old woman died at 7:38 p.m. Friday.
Freeman was interviewed by detectives and then arrested late Friday night in connection with her mother’s death. She is due in court Tuesday. No further information was immediately available.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 81-year-old Carmen Freeman. On July 16, Carmen Freeman was transported from her residence on the 2300 block of Panorama Lane to Antelope Valley Hospital, where she died at 7:38 p.m. July 17, according to the Kern County coroner’s office. A postmortem examination will be performed this week to determine cause and manner of death, coroner’s officials said.