PLYMOUTH COUNTY, Minnesota — A man in Minnesota is under investigation for elderly neglect and financial exploitation against his own mother. Investigators are trying to figure out if he took his mother’s corpse to the bank to make a withdrawal.
According to myfoxtwincities.com, police found the body of David Vanzo’s mother, Caryl Vanzo, 91, in bed, wearing a rob and fur coat, in the home they shared. They also say her boots were covered in feces.
Vanzo was arrested for elderly neglect. “I’m the good guy here, not the bad guy,” Vanzo told a KMSP reporter.
Police said when they arrived at the home, they were overwhelmed by the stench of urine and feces. Vanzo admitted he hadn’t changed his mother that day.
Police said Vanzo did take his mother to the bank by taxi seven hours before he reported her dead — and took out $850 in her name.
Bank employees told investigators the woman’s feet were dragging under the wheelchair. They also said she “did not move” and they “couldn’t tell if she was breathing.”
Adult Protection Services in Hennepin County had investigated Vanzo for financial exploitation on at least two occasions.
There was a reverse mortgage in the amount of $118,000 that his mother couldn’t explain and two cash withdrawals totaling almost $75,000.
Vanzo said the money was in a joint bank account.
“I love my mother very much,” Vanzo told KMSP. “I gave my life to keep my mother alive.”