Granddaughter charged with felony homicide in Danville elder abuse case
71-year-old Dorothy George died in August
DANVILLE, Va. – A grand jury has indicted 33-year-old Brenda Ann Gomez-Lazarski on charges of neglecting her grandmother and causing her grandmother's death.
The indictments were handed down Wednesday, but the case began on Aug. 11, according to a news release from the Danville Police Department.
On Aug. 11, emergency workers responded to a home on Park Avenue in Danville for a report of a woman in cardiac arrest. 71-year-old Dorothy Jean George was pronounced dead at the scene.
The release goes on to say George had various health issues, and due to the conditions in the home and the circumstances surrounding the 911 call, investigators were called in.
George had been in poor health prior to her death and was not able to care for herself, according to search warrants.
The warrants say Gomez-Lazarski had been caring for her grandmother for years.
When questioned by investigators, the warrants say, Gomez-Lazarski said a lack of money made caring for her grandmother difficult.
The warrants also say that Gomez-Lazarski told an investigator "It's all my fault and I'm going to jail."
George was supposed to be receiving VA Survivor and Social Security checks according to the warrants, and Gomez-Lazarski's name is on George's bank account.
A search warrant has been filed for the bank account.
Search warrants have also been filed for George's medical records at Sovah Health's Danville campus and at VCU Health in Richmond.
According to the warrant for the medical records at VCU Health, the records reveal that doctors were concerned George was not being properly cared for.
A search warrant has also been filed with a CVS pharmacy in Richmond for George's prescription records.
One search warrant says all of George's appointments at VCU Health in 2017 were canceled.
A search warrant has been filed with the Department of Social Services in Danville in an effort to get details about the condition of George's home prior to her death.
If convicted, Gomez-Lazarski could spend up to 60 years in prison.
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