EL CAJON (CNS) - A mental competency evaluation was ordered Thursday for a caretaker accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a 93-year-old war veteran and letting him live in filth in his East County home.
Milagros Angeles, 62, faces more than six years in prison if convicted of elder abuse, false imprisonment, theft by a caretaker and being in possession of altered checks.
On Thursday, the defendant's attorney told a judge she doubted her client's ability to understand the charges against her.
Angeles will be examined by doctors and will return to court Aug. 22, at which time a different judge will decide if she is competent to stand trial.
Angeles is accused of stealing from Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Arnold "Max" Bauer, whom she had worked for since 2009, Deputy District Attorney Danielle Hickman said earlier this year.
When employees where Bauer did his banking noticed he hadn't been in since October, Adult Protective Services went to check on him, Hickman said.
Once inside the house, investigators found the World War II veteran living in "filth and squalor," with rat feces and trash throughout the residence, the prosecutor said.
Authorities found $9,000 cash in the defendant's bedroom and clothing, Hickman said, who added that Angeles had written 56 checks to herself totaling $5,600, and had written more checks totaling $1,800.
Hickman alleged that the defendant also was sending money to the Philippines.
Bauer, who has dementia, was hospitalized with a severe urinary infection, and while there, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Hickman said.
Friends said Bauer now is living in a Chula Vista nursing home.
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