Police announce new charges against woman running care home

Charges upgraded against woman accused of running illegal care home

Charges have been upgraded against the Marietta woman accused of running an illegal adult care home, police said Thursday.

Raequel A. Penny was charged with unlawfully operating an unlicensed personal care home when she turned herself in to authorities on Tuesday night.

After further investigation, warrants have been secured charging Penny with elder abuse and elder neglect, both felonies, Officer David Auld said.

A warrant also has been secured for Terry Catron, her alleged accomplice, who is charged with elder abuse, elder neglect and obstruction of an elder abuse investigation, which is a misdemeanor, he said.

Six victims have been accounted for so far, police said, and four of them have been interviewed. Two victims were located Wednesday at an unlicensed care home in Atlanta, Auld said. They were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Photos police obtained from the Laurel Springs Lane home in Marietta showed poor conditions, and state workers reported being denied entry when they tried to inspect the home last month.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the case should contact Marietta police Detective Daniel Ohmann at 770-794-5372.

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