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Caretaker from Yankton, SD convicted of abusing dependent adult

Aaron David Albaugh
Aaron David Albaugh

SIOUX COUNTY, Iowa (KTIV) -- A Yankton, South Dakota man has been sentenced for abusing a dependent adult that was in his care.

Sioux County, Iowa Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle says 28-year-old Aaron David Albaugh was sentenced Monday for the crime of dependent adult abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor.

According to a press release, the case arose on May 5, 2019 when the victim, a dependent adult living with a full-time caretaker, suffered a facial injury.

The caretaker was Albaugh, who reported to his supervisor the victim suffered a minor accidental fall. The release says others who checked the injury decided to take the victim to the emergency room.

Once taken to the emergency room, it was revealed the victim suffered significant trauma including several facial fractures, which specialists described as not a single accidental fall.

The victim reported to their family and medical provider that the victim and caretaker were in a “big fight” but could not further describe the fight due to their special needs.

The case was delayed due to COVID-19 and was scheduled for a jury trial on Sept.22, but on Sept. 14, Albaugh accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to two years in prison.

The prison term was suspended and Albaugh was ordered to complete two years of probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections, ordered to pay a fine, complete substance abuse treatment, submit a sample of his DNA, shall have no contact with the victim, and is prohibited from working in any care-giving capacity or facility.

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