Caregiver charged with abusing elderly woman


Waco police report a caregiver has been arrested on charges of physically abusing an 89-year-old woman in her care.

Tera Elette Dennard was booked into the McLennan County Jail Wednesday on charges of injury to the elderly.

Police were called to a home in the 2000 block of Sugg Drive at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday when a caregiver arrived at the home to relieve Dennard.

When she arrived,  she told police Dennard had told her the woman was ” rambunctious” and it had been a rough day.

When the relief caregiver checked on the resident, she notice bruising on a hand and other bruising elsewhere as she checked further.

Saying things just ” did not look right” she reviewed video on cameras monitoring the interior of the home.

Police spokesman Patrick Swanton said the video revealed physical abuse of the 89-year-old woman, including her being slapped on the head, cursed  and being struck on her legs while she was sitting on a bed.

Officers obtained an arrest warrant through municipal court and made the arrest of Dennard.

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