NC granny dumped at shelter

May 22, 2009 8:29:22 AM PDT
Investigators in Florida say a North Carolina family dumped an elderly woman at a homeless shelter while they went to Disney World.And, they say they had no intention of coming back for her.

Ruth A. Smith, 96, was left at a Salvation Army shelter in Bradenton. That's just south of Tampa.

A guardian appointed for Smith says she is doing well and recovering at a Bradenton hospital.

A niece, Beverly Edwards of Arden, N.C., said she arranged to leave her aunt at the shelter until she could be placed in an assisted-living facility. But the shelter says no arrangements were made and that Edwards simply dumped her aunt.

Officials say they plan to file criminal charges in the case.


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