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Pawtucket man found guilty of criminal neglect of his elderly mother

Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that Carlton Vose (age 50), of Pawtucket, was found guilty on December 12, 2019 by a Providence County Superior Court jury on six counts of criminal neglect of an adult with severe impairments. The jury returned the verdict after four and a half hours of deliberation, following a nine-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice Joseph A. Montalbano.

"Older Rhode Islanders, in some instances, are some of the most vulnerable members of our community," said Attorney General Neronha. "This type of treatment by a trusted caregiver is elder abuse, and holding responsible those who engage in it is one of this Office's top priorities."

A sentencing hearing for Vose is scheduled for February 7, 2020 in Providence County Superior Court.

During the trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that during 2015, Vose repeatedly failed to provide adequate care to his 69-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia. In 2015, Vose was the caretaker of his mother and, on numerous occasions that year, failed in his duty to care for her. On six separate occasions, his mother was found wandering outside of their home, unable to identify where she was or how to return home.

During one incident, on January 29, 2015, Pawtucket Police were called to a nearby Walgreens and found Vose's mother walking around wearing a bathrobe in winter conditions. Two weeks later, on February 9, 2015, police responded to an alert that she was standing in the snow outside of her house trying to flag down a passing plow truck operator. On yet another occasion, on October 24, 2015, Vose's elderly mother was found wandering in the middle of traffic at a busy intersection near her home.

Captain Christopher Dupont of the Pawtucket Police Department led the investigation into the case. Special Assistant Attorney General Molly Kapstein Cote and Special Assistant Attorney General Eric Batista prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.


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