When I returned from visiting my mother I was angry and sad. I was really angry that my 51 year old brother (Samuel Hornedo) was so lazy and selfish that he found the need to take advantage of my 86 year old mother who was an easy target for him. Samuel was the baby and as such my mother babied and coddled him his whole life. She let him take advantage of her as she did not like conflict. He took advantage of that as well as her diminished capacity.
I was sad that my mother had become destitute because of the selfishness, sad that Samuel had never grown up and was not a man but still a selfish spoiled child. Unfortunately my mother was partially to blame for the situation that it turns out had been going on for a long time. In the end she was not responsible for her actions as she was suffering from Dementia, which made it easier for Samuel to get the money.
Like I have said in prior posts, I called Adult Protective Services and had a case opened. They were very thorough in gathering as much information from me for their investigation. A few days later the APS case worker went and visited my mother and asked about the $13,000 that my mother had given (sic) Samuel. She stated that she had not given him that much money. The case worker took my mother to the bank and the bank confirmed that was the amount written out of her account in the past year. My mother was shocked as she did not realize or remember giving him the money. During his visit the case worker gave my mother the St. Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) Test which is a test for diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. My mother scored in the Mild Cognitive Impairment range just barely below the Dementia threshold.
The APS case worker attempted multiple times to contact my brother Samuel Hornedo but to no avail. As such, he finally decided to file a criminal police report. Once Samuel found out about the police report he finally responded to the APS case worker. If I was being accused of something I knew I had not done or had an explanation for, I would get in front of it and prove my innocence or explain myself. This did not ever happen with Samuel. The silence spoke volumes!
The next chapter of this story will be written by my now Ex-wife Andrea who finally spoke with Samuels wife (Christina Meehan Hornedo) regarding the Elder Financial Abuse of my mother.
Dementia puts seniors at risk of financial abuse | Money | Dallas News
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