COSTA MESA (CBSLA) – A Fullerton woman was arrested on suspicion of molesting the elderly after police alleged she was caught on video meeting her 91-year-old indictment.
Rima Abikaram, 50, was arrested at her home on Tuesday. She was hired as one of two carers in 2015 to provide 24-hour care to a 91-year-old Costa Mesa woman who was lying in a medical bed, according to police.
The second caregiver recently became concerned when she realized that her charge had visible injuries and raised her concerns to her family. So the family installed a hidden camera that, according to police, recorded Abikaram abusing and beating the bedridden woman.
Abikaram was released on August 18, and the victim's family called the police to report the abuse of the elderly. Investigators who reviewed the footage found that Abikaram hit her charge more than 150 times over a four-day period. A medical examination on the woman revealed multiple injuries, including swelling of the face, a black eye and a cut on the arm.
The case has been filed with the Orange County Attorney's Office.