Norwalk caregiver arrested for elderly abuse

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NORWALK — A caregiver has been charged with reckless endangerment and cruelty after an elderly man was found injured and unattended at a local care center, police said Wednesday.

The Norwalk Police Department’s Special Victims Unit initiated an investigation in November after receiving a complaint of elderly abuse at the Fairfield Family Care Center.

The inquiry revealed that an elderly male resident had fallen out of his bed and was left without assistance for an extended period during the night.

Following a thorough investigation, which included gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses, detectives identified Lydia Lungile, 40, as the aide responsible for the victim’s care at the time of the incident.

The investigation concluded that Lungile disregarded the needs of the injured man.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Lungile, who was taken into custody on May 22 in Orange, CT, by officers from the Norwalk Special Services Division with assistance from the United States Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Lydia Lungile, whose residence is listed at 326 Park Avenue in Newark, NJ, faces charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to persons.

Her bond is set at $125,000 ahead of a court appearance scheduled for June 5.

The Norwalk Police encourage anyone with additional information to contact their tip line at 203-854-3111.

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