Woman Arrested in Elder Abuse Case

Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Rosemary Baugh
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Rosemary Baugh

Detectives with the Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit arrested Santa Barbara resident Rosemary Baugh (pictured) on 11/27 after an investigation revealed she had taken over $650,000 from an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease. Baugh, 57, became the victim’s caretaker ​— ​they had been longtime acquaintances ​— ​following the death of his only local relative in 2011. Over the years, detectives said, Baugh used the victim’s money to buy a mobile home, shop online, make multiple purchases per day from QVC and the Home Shopping Network, and pay for psychic services. She also married the victim, then filed for divorce two weeks later, seeking spousal support of $10,000 per month. The investigation began when out-of-town relatives visited the victim and found him malnourished and living in squalor. Baugh is charged with grand theft, financial elder abuse, and elder neglect.


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Who married them. It seems it would be obvious he had Alzheimer's and wasn't able to make a commitment. Also, what attorney would get her $10,000 a month for alimony? How did the system fail him?

marjelk (anonymous profile)
December 5, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Lock up this moron and weld the door shut. If everyone reading this isn't revolted and outraged...and afraid...then they aren't paying attention!

Holly (anonymous profile)
December 5, 2013 at 11:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I too was wondering who married them. The victim sounds pretty out of it. The marriage officiant couldn't figure out that something wasn't right?

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 5, 2013 at 9:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A criminal such as this "winner" is just as bad, if not worse, than gang vermin, most likely even lower on the totem pole of scum behavior!
Who performed the marriage for these 2? Did they NOT see this person was a gold digger? What more red flags do you need?
QVC/HSN sprees? Psychic services? Hey toots, let me play the part of your personal psychic here: "The Amazing Blah sees bars in your future. No, not the type where you order drinks, more like steel bars you'll be locked behind."

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Would not the Court have been involved with an Alzheimer’s patient?

How do you get control of the estate of an Alzheimer’s patient without a Conservatorship?

Much information missing from the article.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at noon (Suggest removal)

You're 100% correct! There's a ton of laws in place to protect people w/ Alzheimer's (or just basically not of sound mind or body) & SOMEBODY overlooked those rules. Disgraceful!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 12:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There are so many bad human beings surrounding us. Most have a good excuse....they were abused as children. I hope this one gets taught a lesson, one that will sink in. Chances are, after she gets out of jail, she'll do it again.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 1:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Good luck getting APS to do anything, they are just as bad as CPS.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 5:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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