The Missouri Division of Senior and Disability Services received hot line calls in early 2006, court documents said. In March 2006, Stevens told an agency investigator that she argued with Grimes because she thought Grimes was using drugs. She also said that she was considering moving into a nursing home.
On June 1, 2006, the agency received another hot line call alleging that Stevens was the victim of neglect, physical abuse and financial exploitation by Grimes.
Still another hot line call was made six days later, and the caller reported seeing Stevens with a swollen and bruised wrist. The caller also stated that Stevens had said Grimes had hit her in the head.
Officials at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services declined to comment about the case. Instead, they released a short written statement: “The Division of Senior and Disability Services is responsible for investigating allegations of abuse, neglect or exploitation of seniors or adults with disabilities (eligible adults).
“Any report made to the Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline is confidential, and therefore we cannot provide any specific information related to any named individual.”
But in a report cited by police in Jackson County court records, one of the agency’s investigators had already raised suspicions of abuse. A segment of the investigator’s report read: “Because of Ms. Stevens’ apparent bruises and the marks, which were not explained by Ms. Stevens, I suspect physical abuse is occurring. Ms. Stevens was very reluctant to speak of the bruising and mark. She was never able to explain what caused the wounds.”