On January 7th, 88-year-old Janet Bastendorf, of East Lampeter Township, died.
After the autopsy, the coroner called it homicide saying her death was the result of an infection. Soon after, Bastendorf's daughter, 66-year-old Janice Harmes, was charged with third degree murder for her mother's death.
Police say Harmes, who was the sole caretaker, allowed her mother to sit in diaper filled with feces and urine without moving for about ten days and no one else noticed her neglect.
According to the Lancaster County Department of Aging, these are signs to look for if someone is being neglected or abused.
- Bruises, broken bones, weight loss
- Memory Loss
- Social Isolation
- Giving away assets
- Changes in Banking habits
If you can no longer take care of a person who needs care, the county recommends you call the Department of Aging at 717-299-7979.