Authorities in San Bernardino uncovered what are described as prison camp conditions at a group home. Investigators say seniors, some mentally disabled, were abused, crammed into chicken coops and forced to go to the bathroom in buckets.
Authorities say the facility was an illegal adult group home that was not licensed by the city or the state.
The home owner, 61-year-old Pensri Sophar Dalton, was arrested Friday. She's accused of forcing mentally ill adults to live in prison camp-like conditions; housing them in converted chicken coops with razor wire fences surrounding the facility and padlocked gates.
City Attorney James Penman says 22 people were living in three dilapidated buildings - none of them with indoor plumbing. He says residents used buckets as toilets.
"The house has been converted. We believe there may be some illegal conversions in the bedrooms. People were living in rooms as small as 6 to 15 feet, two beds and a mattress to the room," said Penman.
He says the conditions were amongst the worst he's ever seen.
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