Dale El Smith, 74, was convicted in March 2015 of felony murder and two counts of cruelty to a person age 65 or older. She was sentenced to life. (Screen capture from WSB-TV video)
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‘She killed my brother’: Officials target elder abuse in Georgia

Arthur Pelham’s frozen body was found face-down outside the Clayton County home of a woman who was supposed to be caring for him.

Instead, Dale El Smith was convicted of leaving the disabled Vietnam veteran outside while she watched television.

“She killed my brother,” Donald, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

With the number of aging Georgians growing, officials are cracking down on the rising problem of elder abuse.

Read more about how authorities are tackling elder abuse in Georgia – and use an interactive tool to track elder abuse offenses – on myajc.com.

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