|A 38-year-old has man pleaded no contest to elder abuse and torture against his 79-year-old foster mother (San Luis Obispo District Attorney's Office)|
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (FOX26) — A 38-year-old has man pleaded no contest to elder abuse and torture against his 79-year-old foster mother.
According to the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office, Matthew Leroy Ehens was arrested on August 2 after he got into an argument with his foster mother and poured a pot of boiling peanut oil on her face and upper body. The DA’s Office says Ehens then stabbed her in the back with a large knife and took off. Ehens was arrested after he crashed his vehicle during a chase with law enforcement.
“The victim is a courageous survivor of a horrible crime inflicted on her a person whom she raised,” said Dan Dow, District Attorney. “Our community will not tolerate elder abuse. I encourage those who suffer from or witness elder abuse to report these crimes to law enforcement.”The DA’s Office says the 79-year-old woman suffered burns over 17% of her body and required hospitalization and skin grafting.