Pearl Harbor veteran at center of elder abuse case remains in VA hospital
Arnold Bauer, a 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor and possible elder abuse victim, remains in the Veterans Affairs hospital in La Jolla, receiving care for several serious medical issues.
Bauer was taken to the hospital on Tuesday after authorities found him disoriented and living in filth in his home outside El Cajon. His caretaker was arrested on charges of elder abuse, theft, forgery and false imprisonment and remains in jail on $1-million bail.
Federal privacy laws prohibit VA officials from discussing the details of a patient's condition.
However, an official said that in cases of aging, vulnerable veterans, a social worker is assigned to work with the family to find a suitable living arrangement for the veteran, either at home with an attendant or in a nursing home. All veterans are eligible for 30 days of care under such conditions while officials determine long-term eligibility.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Danielle Hickman, of the DA's elder abuse unit, said Bauer's family has been contacted. The family apparently was unaware of his living conditions or his alleged maltreatment by caretaker Malagros Angeles.
Bauer, a career enlisted sailor, served on the repair ship Vestal when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Vestal was moored next to the Arizona on Battleship Row.
When sheriff's deputies went to his home, they found Bauer sitting in a chair clutching a picture of the Vestal. He suffers from dementia and prostate cancer.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Arnold Bauer in 2008. Credit: Parks Stephenson