Paducah caretaker and husband arrested for assaulting 91-year-old

Updated: Jul. 19, 2018 at 5:28 PM CDT
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A  Paducah couple was arrested for assaulting an elderly woman they lived with.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, the 91-year-old woman had severe facial bruising from an assault that took place on Sunday, July 15.

Family members became aware of the assault and notified law enforcement on Thursday, July 19.

The victim told deputies that her caretaker, 25-year-old Rebecca Carter and her husband, 47-year-old Lance Carter, both of Paducah lived with her.

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The woman said that Lance Carter had assaulted her on the previous Sunday evening during a verbal altercation.

She was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she was instructed to tell the medical staff that she had fallen down some stairs.

Detectives learned that Rebecca and Lance Carter lived with the woman because Rebecca was her caretaker.

The assault happened during a verbal altercation about cooking while the three were in the kitchen. Immediately after the assault, both Lance and Rebecca knew that the victim needed medical care to ensure she wasn't seriously hurt. A cover story of falling down the stairs was created as Rebecca knew she had warrants for her arrest and Lance knew if the truth about the assault was known, he would face criminal charges.

With the help of family members, deputies were able to locate both Lance and Rebecca Carter at a local convenience store.

Lance Carter was taken into custody without incident. Rebecca Carter was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit and struggle.

Lance Carter was charged with:

  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Assault 4th Degree

Rebecca Carter was charged with:

  • Resisting Arrest
  • Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree (On Foot)
  • Assault 3rd Degree- Police Officer
  • Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
  • Fugitive from another state (Warrant of arrest from Illinois)
  • Failure to Report Abuse/Neglect/Exploit of Adult

Both were lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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