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Elder abuse investigations mishandled at state veterans homes

James Drew of The Dallas Morning News found that a criminal investigation into alleged abuse by two workers at a state veterans home in West Texas languished for more than two years because of confusion over who should investigate, cumbersome bureaucracy, and conflicts among local police, state officials, and veterans home administrators. Felony charges were filed against the ex-employees last month. Two weeks before that, in an interview with The News, the Howard County District Attorney described the lengthy review as a product of "investigations at cross purposes" — a state agency that inspects nursing homes conducting an inquiry that should have been coordinated with police.

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