Tucson adult care home evacuated as operators face abuse charges

TUCSON, AZ - An adult care home in Tucson has been evacuated with its residents transferred to other facilities as operators face abuse charges.

Authorities say 58-year-old Patricia Ybarra and 34-year-old Ernesto Torres each face multiple charges of physical and emotional abuse after being arrested and jailed Monday. They're a mother and son who operated the White Dove Care Home.

Assistant Attorney General Jesse Delaney says the investigation of  the state-licensed facility began after a resident told a state caseworker at a medical facility that she was afraid to return to the home.

According to the Arizona Daily Star , court documents say residents told of being slapped, pushed, threatened and made to stay outside between meals regardless of the weather.

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