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70-year-old caretaker accused of elder abuse in death of woman, 83

December 9, 2010 |  7:40 pm

A 70-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of elder abuse in the death of an 83-year-old woman whose body "showed signs of trauma," the San Diego Police Department  said Thursday night.

Maria Moore, the older woman's caretaker, was booked into the Las Colinas jail for women, police said.

The body of the 83-year-old was discovered Thursday after police went to her home in the Palm City neighborhood of San Diego. A relative in Northern California had called police to report her suspicions that the woman was being mistreated by her caretaker.

The woman's body was found in the bathroom. Maria Moore was next door to the woman's home, police said. The name of the dead woman was not released.

--Tony Perry in San Diego