Casey Kasem’s widow will not face elder abuse investigation

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Abuse case dropped against Casey Kasem’s widow: documents.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won’t file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem’s widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality’s children to have her prosecuted.There is insufficient evidence to charge Casey Kasem’s wife with elder abuse or neglect in connection with the death of the famous disc jockey, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Friday.

The document, obtained by the Daily News, recounted the bitter battle between widow Jean Kasem and her stepdaughter Kerri Kasem over the last two years and confirmed Kasem’s health took a turn for the worse when his wife removed him from a Santa Monica nursing home against medical advice on May 7, 2014. Jean Kasem was married to the Detroit native celebrity announcer for more than 30 years, but was stripped of control over his medical care in the final days of his life. Casey Kasem died in June 2014 in Washington state, where Jean Kasem had taken him after checking him out of a Los Angeles-area medical facility where he was receiving around-the-clock care.

Shortly after authorities located Kasem with his wife in the Seattle area, Kerri visited, found that he looked “weaker” and had him taken to a hospital for an evaluation, prosecutors confirmed. Tensions between his wife and children worsened when, according to his daughters Kerri and Julie, they were unable to visit him in the summer of 2013. From December of 2013 to May of last year, Kasem was in the Berkeley East Convalescent Hospital until Jean Kasem removed him because of what she said were privacy concerns. Doctors said Kasem, who suffered from Lewy Body Dementia, was dying and recommended that Kerri and her siblings withhold artificial nutrition and hydration. “We have tried everything to keep him alive. His “American Top 40” began July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles, when the No. 1 song was Three Dog Night’s cover of Randy Newman’s “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”

Kerri Kasem on May 12, however, was awarded temporary conservatorship of her father and two days later filed a missing person’s report with the Santa Monica police.

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