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Police: Caretaker of Woman Found After Silver Alert Charged with Reckless Endangerment

A Silver Alert was issued Thursday morning for Raisa Shnitman, who was later found down the street lying in a snowbank.

West Hartford Police have charged the caretaker of an elderly woman who was the subject of a Thursday morning Silver Alert with interfering with an officer and reckless endangerment.

After reviewing surveillance cameras, police said that Salomat Nishonova, 59, the hired caretaker for 88-year-old Raisa Shnitman, lied to officers about when she last saw the Shnitman. Police also said that Nishonova waited at least two hours after Shnitman wandered away before calling her family to report her missing.

According to police, on Thursday morning officers were dispatched to a report of an 88-year-old female missing from the Plant Senior Housing Complex at 759 Farmington Ave. Police said that a surveillance camera showed Shnitman leaving the building at approximately 3 a.m.

The incident was not reported for several hours, and police issued a Silver Alert at approximately 8:25 a.m.

Police canvassed the neighborhood, and according to their report Off. Morehouse discovered Shnitman lying in a snowbank at the rear of 784 Farmington Ave., near the intersection with Walkley Rd., at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Shnitman was suffering from hypothermia and cuts to her hand and foot, and was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment, police said.

Nishonova has been charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer.

Nanci Wylde February 22, 2013 at 02:04 PM
She should never be allowed to be a caretaker for anyone ever again.
VC February 22, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Thank God that woman was found before something worse could have happened
Concerned Resident February 22, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I wonder what goes on at this Senior Housing Complex, there would seem to be West Hartford Fire trucks called to this location on a daily occurrence. The constant sirens blaring then idling of diesel vehicles until late in the evening sure makes sleep difficult for nearby residents.

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