VPD responds to severe elder, child abuse

(Visalia Police Department)

Two arrested for child and elder abuse, neglect after police uncover horrific living conditions in their Visalia home

VISALIA – Officers were recently called to address a distressing instance of elder and child abuse unfolding within a Visalia residence, where the living conditions could only be described as nothing short of “horrendous.”

At 5 p.m. on March 25, officers with Visalia Police Department were called to Kaweah Health Medical Center for a report of a 52-year-old woman who had been dropped off and was extremely emaciated and in medical distress. Patrol responded to the hospital and requested the assistance of the Violent Crimes Unit.

During the investigation, it was revealed that the woman was under the care of one of her adult daughters. Detectives found the residence where the victim had been staying and obtained a search warrant for the home in the 600 block of North Garden Street in Visalia.

Inside the residence, detectives found Cecilia Colleen Rodriguez, 34, Gregory Paul Chavez, 61, and four juveniles ages 4 to 15.

The living conditions were horrendous, with bugs, feces and trash scattered throughout the home. Due to the hazardous environment, Adult Protective Services, Child Welfare Services and Code Enforcement were called to the scene. The four children were placed in the custody of Child Welfare Services.

The 52-year-old victim is currently in stable condition. Rodriguez and Chavez were both arrested and charged with elder abuse, child neglect and abuse.

March 19

Just before 6 p.m., VPD officers and the Special Enforcement Unit responded to a burglary at a residence in the 400 block of West Paseo Court.

With a K-9’s help, they found Elizabeth Flowers, 44, on an upstairs balcony. After a standoff, Flowers surrendered and was arrested.

She was booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for burglary and resisting arrest.

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