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Elderly abuse cases increasing in Fargo

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An employee at a local assisted living facility is charged with abusing the elderly-- and unfortunately, this is not a rare occurrence.
Priscilla Ehrich is accused of stealing property and cash from 6 different people living at Edgewood Vista in Fargo.
She is facing charges of theft and burglary.

Nationwide, more than six million people claim they are victims of elderly abuse each year and in Fargo,  Police Chief Keith Ternes says elderly are not immune.

"That's unfortunate," says Chief Ternes.
Chief Ternes says it's not just physical abuse taking place on our elderly but more and more are victims of theft.

"As a result we have increased are concentration," says Chief Ternes.

The department is now committing one detective who will work exclusively on elderly abuse cases.

"Elderly abuse is occurring in our community more and more," says Greg Diehl, Executive Director at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo.

Diehl says thanks to a grant they just received they are developing a team that can work strictly with elderly abuse victims.

"We are going to have agencies dealing with our most vulnerable," says Diehl,

Because when it comes to our elderly, the community is doing what they can to make sure they are taken care of.

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