Patricia Conklin, 47, was convicted on three counts of elder abuse in a jury trial that began on Aug. 5. Deliberations spanned the weekend, beginning on Friday before the final verdict was rendered on Monday.
In the first, Conklin pushed her mother during a verbal argument, causing the elderly woman to fall. When Conklin called 911 to advise her mother had slipped, dispatchers could hear her mother yelling she’d been thrown down. Transported to Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, the woman was diagnosed with an intertrochanteric fracture, a fracture on the top of the femur bone just below the ball portion of the hip. The injury resulted in necessary surgery and several metal implants.
The second and third counts relate to endangerment on March 9. On that day, Conklin went to a skilled nursing facility to retrieve her mother from the surgery. At the location, Conklin demanded her mother’s release and accused the staff of wanting her mother’s money. She then threatened the staff and took her mother from the facility to her home which was ill-prepared for the elderly woman’s return.