SACRAMENTO — The owner of an elderly care home in Northern California is charged with multiple felonies, including manslaughter, in the death of an 88-year-old resident who died from infected bedsores, authorities said.
Silvia Cata, who operates the Super Home Care in Sacramento, was arrested Monday evening on charges of involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse, the state attorney general’s office said Tuesday.
The AG’s office also believe that the charges against the Cata, 52, mark the first time the office has pursued a manslaughter case against a caregiver stemming from the death of an elderly care home resident.
According to documents filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, Georgia Holzmeier, who suffered from advanced dementia and lived at the facility since 2007, died last June from neglect as her massive bedsores resulted in sepsis, a severe blood bacterial infection.
“This is strict neglect — they didn’t move the woman. She developed bedsores so deep that they couldn’t be treated and she died,” AG’s office spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
State prosecutors said that Cata’s “deliberate and complete reckless disregard for performing the essential duties” as Holzmeister’s caretaker ultimately resulted in death.
A woman who answered the phone at the care center on Tuesday, but would not identify herself, declined to comment.
Cata is being held in the Sacramento County Jail on $300,000 bail. She is scheduled to make her first appearance in court on Thursday. It is not known if she has a lawyer.
Cata could spend up to 12 years in prison for the elder abuse charge, which also carries special allegations of great bodily injury and abuse as the cause of death, if convicted.
An involuntary manslaughter conviction carries a maximum four-year prison sentence.