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Police: Elderly woman abused in care home, hospitalized

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Suspect Elisa Moreno Romero, 67 Suspect Elisa Moreno Romero, 67
Suspect Annuhar Jesus Ruiz, 29 (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Suspect Annuhar Jesus Ruiz, 29 (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A 93-year-old woman is hospitalized after being abused at a care home, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Police arrested 29-year-old Annuhar Jesus Ruiz and 67-year-old Elisa Moreno Romero on  vulnerable adult abuse charges. They are both certified caregivers at Asterion Acres, an elderly home in the 7000 block of N. Asterion Lane in the Foothills area.

A Foothills District deputy was called to the care facility on July 15 regarding reports of abuse. He noticed injuries to the 93-year-old woman and arranged for her to be transported to a local hospital.

Police say the two caregivers, in separate incidents, had struck the patient with an open hand and fist on multiple occasions over the course of a few weeks. It was also reported that the patient was struck with a remote control unit and other objects, and was thrown into her bed and into her wheelchair, according to a news release.

Staff told the deputy that the two employees were tasken off the schedule and not working at the facility.

Sheriff's detectives, the Arizona State Attorney General's Office, Adult Protective Services, and the Arizona Department of Health Services took over the case and evaluated the remaining residents.

According to the news release, no other employees were involved in the abuse and no other residents were harmed.

Detectives located and arrested Ruiz on July 16 and charged with four counts of vulnerable adult abuse, class four felonies.

On July 17, 2013, Moreno. She was identified on July 17, questioned and subsequently arrested for five counts of vulnerable adult abuse.

They were both booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center.

Chris Holmstrom is at the scene. Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisKOLD for updates.

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