TPD: Adult care business owner charged with endangerment, abuse

TPD: Adult care owner facing charges

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The record-breaking heat turned dangerous at a midtown adult care home after the air conditioning broke.

The owner of an adult care facility is being charged with five counts of Vulnerable Adult Abuse  and nine counts of Endangerment.

Battalion Chief Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department said five people living at the home on east 8th street had to be transported for medical attention after a call for a heat-related issue Wednesday afternoon.

Baker said TFD responded to the home after a call of possible dehydration of one patient around 1:30 p.m. When crews arrived on scene, they determined the air conditioning unit was broken and started assessing other patients inside.

"That's the true emergency," said Baker. "When you are talking about three days consecutively, it's just a perfect storm coming together."

Tucson Police said a total of nine people live at the home. The four that did not need medical attention have been placed in other homes.

Details on how long the air conditioning unit had been broken have not been released. There appeared to be technicians on the roof of the home looking at equipment Wednesday.

"Our bodies are good at regulating that (the heat) for a day, maybe two days, but when you get three days back-to-back-to-back, we're talking about 110-degrees, if you are not staying proactive and drinking water and staying away from caffeinated drinks and things, then all of a sudden you will realize that your body is dehydrated and you can't catch up," said Baker.

"So, with young kids and the elderly, your body just doesn't work like someone who is healthy and middle-aged, per say," Baker said.

Angelique's Adult Care Homes is licensed with the Arizona Department of Health Services. According to the Provider and Facility Database, a license for the home was issued on December first of 2017.  The expiration date is listed for November of this year.

Tucson News Now reached out to Angelique's Adult Care Homes for a comment. A woman who identified herself with the facility said they would not be releasing a statement about the incident at this time.

Along with the Tucson Fire and Police Departments, personnel with the Department of Health Services and Adult Protective Services were involved in the investigation.

Baker said the City of Tucson Code Enforcement had also placed an orange sticker on the home, condemning the property.

Sgt. Kimberly Bay, Public Information Officer for TPD, said detectives will be looking at the circumstances leading up to the hospitalizations Wednesday, whether those are accidental or if criminal charges could be filed.

Outside of this incident at the adult care home, the Tucson Fire Department responded to a total of eight heat-related calls Wednesday, resulting in four patients needing to be transported for medical attention.

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