SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A mental competency hearing was rescheduled Monday to Sept. 7 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.
Judge Frederick Maguire postponed today's hearing after defense attorney Kim Vegas said she needed more time to review a doctor's evaluation of her client.
The judge will ultimately decide whether Angeles is mentally competent to stand trial or should be sent to a state mental hospital.
The defendant is accused of stealing from Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Arnold "Max" Bauer, for whom she had worked 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 was then diagnosed with prostate cancer, Hickman said.
Friends said Bauer is now living in a Chula Vista nursing home.
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