San Luis Obispo optometrist arrested for neglect
October 17, 2015
By KAREN VELIE
A San Luis Obispo optometrist was arrested Thursday for allegedly neglecting her adult daughter. Family members contend the allegations are unfounded.
On Sept. 23, Susanne Krout, 65, called for an ambulance to the Nipomo home of her son Thomas Anderson, 30, and her 28-year-old daughter. Emergency medical personnel arrived and transported Susanne Krout’s daughter to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.
Hospital staff reported suspicions of neglect after discovering the woman was malnourished and soaked in her own urine and feces, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department press release.
Deputies then determined Susanne Krout’s daughter had fallen on the floor in a bathroom at her home where she laid for several days.
“The investigation revealed this was not an isolated incident and was a pattern of neglect and abuse for the last few months,” the sheriff’s department said in a press release.
Family members tell a very different story.
San Luis Obispo based attorney Michael Krout, Susanne Krout’s husband, describes his wife as a loving mother who stops in daily to check on her daughter. Susanne Krout’s son, Thomas Anderson, lives with his sister, but has a job outside of the home, Michael Krout said.
A short time ago, the daughter, a Cal Poly graduate who worked as an engineer, became impaired from an illness that is currently not completely diagnosed, Michael Krout said.
On Sept. 23, Susanne Kraut stopped by her daughter’s home and found the 28-year-old unable to walk on her own. Susanne Kraut then helped her daughter to the bathroom and placed a cushion for her daughter to sit while she called for an ambulance, Michael Krout said.
“There was no feces and urine,” Michael Krout said. “It is totally incorrect that she was on the floor for days, no more than a day.”
On Thursday, deputies arrested both Susanne Krout and Thomas Anderson on felony charges of dependent adult abuse likely to create great bodily injury and booked them into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Susanne Krout is no longer in custody. Anderson remains in jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Susanne Krout’s daughter is being cared for at a local medical facility.
The investigation into the alleged neglect is ongoing. The sheriff’s department is asking anyone who has additional information about this case to call (805) 781-4500.