Carl’s wish was to live out his remaining years in the home he had shared with his wife of more than 60 years, but he really needed someone to help him with his daily living activities. His niece Kathy had always been very close to her Uncle Carl, and since she was between apartments at the moment, they decided that Kathy would move into his home and assist him with his daily tasks.
Kathy tries her best, and much of the time, she is very kind to her Uncle Carl, but at other times she loses patience with how slowly he moves and accomplishes things. If she is in a hurry, she will sometimes shove him out of the way, resulting in falls and bruises. Other times, her frustration leads to insults, name-calling, and door slamming.
Neighbors often heard the shouting and Carl’s cries of pain. One of these neighbors felt something needed to be done and called the police when she heard Carl’s cries through the bathroom window. Police found him on the floor of the bathroom with a shattered hip and bleeding head. He had been lying there in pain for hours after Kathy, frustrated with having to help him with his personal hygiene, pushed him off the toilet and left the house in a rage.