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AG charges foster care homeowner with elder abuse

Posted at 2:56 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 14:56:54-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced that her Health Care Fraud Division has charged a Manistee adult foster care homeowner with elder abuse.

Danielle Baysinger, 41, has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of fourth degree Vulnerable Adult Abuse and four felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

“Caring for vulnerable adults can be challenging work, but there is never an adequate excuse to compromise the health and safety of those entrusted to their care,” said Nessel. “My office continues to work tirelessly to protect the health and safety of all elderly Michiganders.”

Baysinger is the owner if a Manistee adult foster care home where she cared for nine adult residents. She allegedly provided Ativan, an anxiety medication, to an elderly resident without a prescription or the resident's knowledge.

This medication was prescribed to a now-deceased former resident of the home and was not intended for any other resident under Baysinger's care.

The investigations also revealed that the medication was never documented in the resident's pill book and was not kept in a locked medication cabinet as required by law.

Baysinger was arraigned at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2 before Manistee's 85th District Court Judge Thomas Brunner.

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