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Three Hold Woman Against Her Will for Months; Collect Checks

Three Hold Woman Against Her Will for Months; Collect Checks

Luigi Amalfitano, Louis Amalfitano and Stephanie Cole

Associated Press

May 29, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS — Three people kept a 65-year-old woman with dementia locked in a tiny room with a urine-soaked mattress to sleep on and a dog bowl to drink from so that they could live off her monthly Social Security checks, authorities said.

A police officer sent to the suspects’ home in Anderson on Thursday found Anna Turner locked in the 6-foot by 8-foot storage room, police said in a probable cause affidavit.

Luigi A. Amalfitano, 45, told the officer that he didn’t know Turner and that she wasn’t at the home. But the officer conducted a sweep of the home and found Turner in a room that was “barely fit to contain an animal, let alone a human being,” according to police.

Amalfitano, his 20-year-old son Louis A. Amalfitano, and his son’s girlfriend 21-year-old Stephanie Lynette Cole were arrested and face preliminary charges of exploitation of an endangered adult. The Amalfitanos also face preliminary charges of confinement and battery, and Cole faces a preliminary charge of aiding confinement. The three remained jailed Friday on $100,000 cash bonds. A Madison County Jail officer said he did not know whether any had an attorney.

Anderson police Detective Mitch Carroll said Turner suffered severe physical abuse at the house and was gaunt, malnourished and had a black eye and large bruises on her arm and body when she was taken from the home.

He said she was hospitalized but her injuries were not life-threatening.

Carroll said the trio allegedly let Turner out of the room once a month and accompanied her to a store where she cashed her monthly check. He said they only gave Turner enough money to buy a pack of cigarettes.

According to the affidavit, Turner was fed only “enough to stay alive,” and police estimated she weighed 85 pounds when they found her.

Turner’s family members, including her daughter and son-in-law, had been opposed to her involvement with the suspects, Sgt. Bill Casey said Friday. She had stayed with the suspects off and on for a couple of years, but police don’t know when they began confining her to a room. Family members tried to intervene, but Anna insisted they stay out of it, Casey said.

He said the last time Turner’s family heard from her was at Christmas.

The Madison County prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a phone message Friday seeking comment, and it unclear when formal charges would be filed.

Prosecutor Thomas Broderick told The Herald Bulletin in an e-mail that the director of his office’s adult protective services division may have saved Turner’s life by investigating a tip that a woman was being locked in a room without food or a restroom.

Director Tom Brown said the tip included only first names and some addresses, but police helped him track the current address by cross-referencing police reports including that name Luigi.

“The person who really saved her life was the person who made the call,” Brown said.

Carroll said that Turner has been known to Anderson police for years, but that she has never been in trouble with the law.

“She’s kind of a sad, pitiful 65-year-old woman — an easy victim, someone who would be very easy to take advantage in this situation,” Carroll said.

He said that Cole served as Turner’s “confidant” in the alleged scheme who would try to placate the woman after each act of abuse or the check-cashing trips.

“She would say, `Oh no, it will get better. I’ll talk to them.’ It was all orchestrated, all part of the artifice,” Carroll said.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved


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    granny1

    about 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    they should be put under the jail.

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    justice10132

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    obviously GODSHELPER...YOU were there everyday doing drugs and dealing W/ THEM TOO...

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    justice10132

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    to GODS HELPER...all i have to ask is if they were sooooo bad and did this HORRIBLE stuff and treated ur "friend" and the 18month old so bad..WHY WERE YOU THERE "EVERYDAY"...I think if you were there everyday YOU should go down w/ them...SHAME ON YOU

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    BJenkins

    about 4 years ago

    292 Comments

    this is the perfect excuse to go back to hangings on the courthouse lawn

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    copper380

    about 4 years ago

    2026 Comments

    While they are locked up they should take the urine soaked matress this poor women slept on and make the suspects take turns sleeping on it, STRAPPED TO IT FACE DOWN!!! SCUMBAGS!!!!

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    BeachCop93

    about 4 years ago

    40 Comments

    Lets jest hope the State doesn't drop the ball or cut plea deals

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Glad the victim survived, I hope family now has her and that she will be taken care of.
    These three, I can't even think of words. JUST BURN IN HELL........

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    scumbags

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    JohnBerg

    about 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    What kind of sick mind does that to a human being...

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    NewYork911

    about 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Glad the Officer saw the call through to the end...Great job.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    There are many sad cases of neglect. Hopefully this will bring up some red flags. JAY L. THYME for these pieces of work.

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    Perl

    about 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    Hopefully this woman will get the care she really needs now. Great job guys!
    ~Wf

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    twangpp

    about 4 years ago

    404 Comments

    That is disgusting so is it all worth it in the end throw the book at them but they will have a clean cage and food oh yeah and medical attention grrrrrrrrrr hope you like jail you POS .

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    dolphinblue

    about 4 years ago

    42980 Comments

    It is truly sickening to know what some people will do for money.

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    bklyn

    about 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    say bye bye to freedom you morons.

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