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March 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Live-in caregiver charged in assault of 91-year-old Bothell man

A Bothell woman has been charged with first-degree assault after police said she assaulted a 91-year-old man with two lamps and a cane in the home they share.

Anna Marie Ward, 52, attacked the man, who has Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, during a fight Tuesday that she told police was “somewhat mutual,” according to King County court records.

Police responded to reports of an assault in the 17300 block of Woodcrest Drive around 11:30 a.m. after receiving a call from Ward’s sister, according to the Bothell Police Department. Officers entered the home and found the man bleeding profusely from the head and blood spatter on the walls.

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he remains in intensive care. He had injuries to his spleen, multiple deep lacerations to his face and head, abrasions and bruises all over his body, and was missing teeth, according to charging papers. Ward had a bite mark on her inside thigh and had bruises on her arms and legs.

Ward told police she and her teenage daughter had been living with the man rent-free and in exchange they cared for him, according to charging documents. She said he was abusive and had threatened to kick out her and her daughter.

She said she “just wanted to be away from him,” and “I just want to go to jail,” charging paper said.

She remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bond.

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