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Grandma's injuries bring charges


A 78-year-old woman's injuries prompted a local doctor to tell investigators that she would have to fall down a 200-foot hill to hurt herself that badly.

Melanie McKinley, 33, attributed her grandmother's swollen face, the scabs on her neck and scalp and the dried blood around her nostril to the woman's Alzheimer's disease and frequent falls, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court. Investigators also found injuries to the woman's face, chest, abdomen, arms, legs and back.

McKinley was charged Tuesday with two counts of neglect of a dependent. She was not in police custody as of Tuesday evening.

In October, police were called to McKinley's home in the 1400 block of Cass Street because an elderly woman appeared disoriented and battered.

The woman was unable to tell police what had happened to her. The home also appeared cluttered, with wires running across the floor of the living room, making it hard to walk, police said.

Police later found McKinley, who had been at a neighbor's house for almost two hours, court papers said. When police asked McKinley how her grandmother received all of her injuries, McKinley said that the woman had fallen a couple weeks earlier, court records said.

While reviewing the grandmother's medical records as part of the investigation, police suspected the injuries were the result of neglect.

A doctor who treated the grandmother told police the woman's injuries were indicative of abuse and that a person does not get bruised in that manner "on their own." He said that "short of falling down a 200-foot hill, you don't look like that on your own," court papers said.