Woman faces 10 counts of vulnerable adult abuse

Diane Lott

CORUNNA — An Owosso woman charged with 10 counts of fourth-degree vulnerable adult abuse is set for a pre-trial conference in 66th District Court Tuesday, and then possibly a jury trial.

Diane Lott, 58, is scheduled for a jury trial before 66th District Court Judge Terrance Dignan at 8:30 a.m. July 17.

Lott was charged in May following an investigation by the Michigan Attorney General’s office. According to a press release from the attorney general’s office, the attorney general’s office referred the charges to the Shiawassee County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges are the result of an investigation by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s new Elder Abuse Task Force into an Owosso adult foster care home, located in the 200 block of West Oliver Street, and Lott, the owner/operator of the business.

The AG’s office had received a complaint that “Lott had 10 adult residents in her care at two facilities but failed to properly care for them,” according to the press release.

During an unannounced visit by investigators, officials say they “discovered three employees worked part-time at the facility and not a single employee was CPR or first aid certified. The facility’s medication provider certificate was also expired,” the press release said. “The AG’s office immediately notified the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Adult Protective Services and Owosso police. Within hours, the three agencies responded to the facility to relocate residents to be properly cared for.”

Lott was arraigned in 66th District Court before Judge Terrance Dignan and pleaded not guilty. She was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Lott has no prior criminal history in Shiawassee County, except two minor traffic-related misdemeanors, both for expired plate violations in 2006 and 2008.

Each misdemeanor count of vulnerable adult abuse Lott faces is punishable by up to one year imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

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