May 29, 2010

Elderly woman held captive for months

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Luigi Amalfitano offered 65-year-old dementia sufferer Anna Turner a place to stay and a tender hand when she was close to losing her home.

Instead, Madison County prosecutors said, Amalfitano forced her to live in a locked supply closet, 8 feet by 8 feet, that one police officer said was "barely fit to contain an animal, let alone a human being."

Malnourished and beaten, Turner was discovered Thursday in a 105-degree supply closet in Amalfitano's Anderson home, where she had been held captive for several months, police said.

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