Complaint Alleges Woman, 84, Was Dumped Outside Alzheimer's Care Facility

LONG BEACH (CNS) - A complaint was pending with state regulators today after a woman alleged that her 84-year-old mother with Alzheimer's disease was put in a taxi after being treated at a Long Beach hospital and dropped off at night outside a locked assisted-living and treatment facility.

Video shows the woman, Savina Geoese Zerbi, in a bathrobe and sandals trying to get into the facility, Regency Palms, on East Eighth Street in Long Beach, beginning at 2:17 a.m. on Jan. 13, according to the Press-Telegram , which first reported the story.

“I'm pretty outraged,” Costanza Genoese Zerbi, 51, of Long Beach, told the newspaper. “She could have been killed or kidnapped.”

The woman filed the complaint, on behalf of her mother, with the California Department of Public Health, alleging negligence on the part of College Medical Center.

The woman eventually got into Regency Palms, but it was unclear how or when she gained access.

She had been taken to the hospital about 6 p.m. on Jan. 12 after she threatened suicide during her first week at Regency Palms, Costanza Genoese Zerbi told the Press-Telegram.

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