Taipei, An Indonesian caregiver is under investigation on suspicion of negligent homicide after allegedly not helping an elderly woman she was hired to care for when the woman tried to go to the bathroom and fell, suffering a fatal injury.
A man in Tunghsiao in Miaoli County, surnamed Hu (胡) told reporters that his family hired the Indonesian caregiver, 43, to provide round-the-clock care for his 74-year-old mother who suffered a stroke.
According to Hu, on Jan. 12 when Taiwan was hit by a cold spell, his mother attempted to go to the bathroom at around 1 a.m. but slipped on the floor. She then asked the live-in caregiver, who slept in the same room, for help.
Hu said a surveillance camera in the residence showed that the Indonesian caregiver got out of bed and appeared to be about to help his mother but instead was heard to say: “You suffered only a stroke, why can’t you stand up on your own?”
The elderly woman struggled on the cold ground for about 20 minutes, during which time she lost her balance and banged the back of her head against the bed, Hu said.
The caregiver eventually then helped her go to the toilet and back to bed.
At around 9 a.m., Hu said his mother was found by a family member unconscious and rushed to the hospital. She was diagnosed with an intracranial hemorrhage and died on Jan. 16.
Hu said the caregiver did not fulfill her responsibility of caring for his mother and then compounded that failure by not informing the family of her fall in a timely manner. The delay meant precious time was missed to save her life.
“How could she have erred so egregiously, it’s too outrageous,” Hu said.
After an initial investigation, prosecutors suspect that the Indonesian caregiver may have committed negligent homicide, but have not yet indicted her.
She was freed on bail of NT$10,000 (US$357), subject to residence restrictions and prohibited from leaving the country, pending further investigation.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel