The case involving a 70-year-old North Platte woman who was arrested Jan. 17 on suspicion of abusing her 91-year-old mother has been continued. The woman was scheduled to appear in Lincoln County Court Wednesday to be arraigned on the charges, but that arraignment hearing was continued.
Sharon Baruth, of 1508, East 14th Street was arrested for abuse of a vulnerable adult after taking her elderly mother to the hospital where doctors saw enough evidence to warrant a call to the North Platte Police Department. Officer investigated the complaint and observed that the victim had "obvious signs of abuse," said Lt. Rick Ryan following Baruth's arrest.
According to the initial arrest citation, Baruth first told officers that she was unemployed, but then stated that she worked for the state. In an ironic twist, it was later revealed that Baruth worked for the Nebraska Agency for the Aging, but a spokesperson for the agency said that Baruth was indeed paid by the state to care for her mother, but was not an official employee.
The charges levied against Baruth are a Class 3A felony, which could land the 70-year-old in prison for up to five years. She was initially taken to the Lincoln County Jail where she was processed and released and has been free since her arrest.
Information on the care and custody of the mother at this time has not been released. A new court date was not yet available as of press time Wednesday