Guardianship of a 96-year-old woman removed from the home where police and humane officials found nearly 200 animals in conditions described as deplorable has been given to a Trumbull County agency that specializes in providing those services.
On Monday, Probate Court Judge Thomas Swift appointed Guardianship and Protective Services guardian over the person and estate of Helen DiMarsico, removed from the Gustavus home of her daughter, Kathy Witzman, for evaluation and medical treatment.
The hearings examine the need for a guardian, competency and who should serve as guardian.
Joshua Garris, agency attorney, said the agency will oversee DiMarsico's estate, and social workers there will oversee her medical and personal decisions for an indefinite length of time.
Returning care back to DiMarsico would need court action.
At Monday's hearing, done via Web conference, interim guardian and licensed social worker, Alvin J. Weisberg, testified that DiMarsico has moments of lucidity and confusion and that she worries over her daughter's situation, but has shown no desire to return to the house with Witzman.
He said she suffers from cardiovascular and degenerative joint disease as well as hypertension and dimentia. Guardianship, Weisberg said, would be ''well advised, at least for an indefinite period of time."
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