Two local residents have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of an elderly man.
Stephanie Ann Adams, 51, and Eric Albert Augsburger, 53, both face multiple charges in the case.
The victim was Wayne Franklin Adams, 74.
Besides the involuntary manslaughter charge, a felony, both also face felony counts of elder or dependent adult abuse and elder or dependent adult abuse – victim over 70.
Ann Adams also faces a charge of theft from elder or dependent adult by a caretaker.
Both were arrested on July 26 and remain in the Mariposa County Jail. The two appeared in court last week where Mariposa County Superior Court Judge Michael Fagalde set the next hearing. He set the preliminary hearing for 1:30 p.m., on Sept. 17. Adams remains in jail under $500,000 bond while Augsburger’s bond is $300,000.
According to the Mariposa County District Attorney’s Office, the theft charges stem from allegations Adams, who was the step-daughter of the man who died, cashed his VA checks and Social Security checks. An exact dollar amount was not known, though it was for thousands of dollars.
The arrests took place at a house on Ashworth Road in Mariposa County when someone called the Mariposa County Sheriff ’s Office about the situation.
Wayne Adams was taken by ambulance to John C. Fremont Hospital before being taken to a regional hospital, where he died the next day. He was found by investigators in his bed and was then transported.
“This was a disturbing case and one of the worst I have seen,” said Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies.
The maximum penalty for Adams is 12 years in prison. Eleven of those years are related to the first two counts and the third is from the alleged theft.
For Augsburger, the maximum sentence is 11 years.
Mariposa County District Attorney Walter Wall said no plea agreements will be offered in the case.
Adams is being represented by attorney Darrell Young while Augsburger is being represented by attorney Antonio Garcia. Both were appointed by the court.
Wall emphasized to area residents the importance of checking on elderly relatives and neighbors. He said people need to check on them and if they feel anything is suspicious, contact law enforcement officials.