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Clinton Township Woman Charged With 'Horrendous' Abuse Of Mom

August 16, 2019 - 5:33 pm
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CLINTON TWP. (WWJ) - Blood spatters and broken bones are among the evidence of what's being called a "horrendous" case of elder abuse in Macomb County.

Ann Marie Walsh, of Clinton Township, was arraigned Friday afternoon on a charge of Vulnerable Adult Abuse – 1st Degree, a 15-year felony, for allegedly neglecting, mistreating, and abusing her own mother who was left in critical condition. 

On August 8, 2019, Clinton Township Police received a call from a local hospital with concerns regarding a severely injured woman. The woman was incapacitated and on a ventilator, having a brain bleed and numerous broken bones, according to authorities. 

The victim and Walsh share an apartment in Clinton Township, where police and prosecutors allege the abuse occurred.

Inside the apartment, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said police found dents in the walls, and blood spatters throughout the victim’s bedroom and on her bedding.  

“The amount of abuse this elderly victim sustained is unbelievable. She has suffered a multitude of trauma, broken bones, and even a brain bleed,” said Smith, in a media release. “No one deserves to be treated like this, especially by their own child.”

“The victim’s daughter, the defendant, allegedly told police she is her mother’s caregiver," he added. "It appears, however, nothing could be further from the truth as she left her mother lying on the floor for more than two days following this horrendous beating.”  

Walsh appeared in 41-B District Court before Magistrate Zemke, who set bond at $100,000 cash/surety bond, no 10 percent. Her next court date was set for Aug. 28. 

Anyone suspecting that a vulnerable adult has been abused, neglected or exploited is urged to contact their local police as well as Adult Protective Services, at 855-444-3911, anytime day or night. If in doubt, officials say it is better to err on the side of caution.