Washington: Another Senior Suffers at Hands of “Care Giver”

This is a dreadful story from Spokane, Washington. Marion Wilson died two years ago and it has taken this long for charges to be filed in her death.

A nursing aide gave the 64-year-old disabled woman straight vinegar to drink instead of colonoscopy prep liquids.

Charged in the case is Fikirte T. Aseged who we may assume is a ‘new American.’

Is this the future for our loved ones who need professional care?  I shudder at the thought.

Of course, as usual I could not find a photo of Aseged.

From NPR at KLCC:

Former caregiver charged in 2019 vinegar death of woman with developmental disabilities

A former caregiver for people with developmental disabilities has been criminally charged in connection with the 2019 death of a client who ingested a large amount of household cleaning vinegar.

Could Aseged not read English?

Fikirte T. Aseged, 43, is charged in Spokane County Superior Court with third-degree assault, a felony, and reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor.

The Attorney General’s office announced the charges Tuesday following a nearly two-year investigation.

Aseged is accused of giving the client, 64-year-old Marion Wilson, the vinegar in lieu of colonoscopy prep solution.

Wilson died after she began having trouble breathing while at the doctor’s office. The medical examiner later found the vinegar had inflamed and killed the tissue in Wilson’s esophagus, stomach and small bowel, resulting in her death.

The public radio Northwest News Network previously reported on the case and the secrecy surrounding the details of what happened.


In charging Aseged with third-degree assault, prosecutors said her actions constituted criminal negligence which resulted in bodily harm, pain and considerable suffering to Wilson. The charge is a Class C felony. The reckless endangerment charge alleges Aseged engaged in conduct that created a substantial risk of death or serious injury.

Aseged was employed by Aacres Washington, a Spokane-based company that contracts with the state to provide in-home care to people with developmental disabilities. She was fired in April 2019 for failing to follow the company’s medication administration policy.

More here.

For more dreadful details see the release from Washington State’s Attorney General, here.   

You will see that another woman who helped care for Wilson, along with “Fifi” Aseged, was Medkes Gebissa. She was interviewed at length by an investigator from the Attorney General’s office because Aseged declined to be interviewed.  How was Gebissa’s grasp of the English language?

Most of the stories I have tagged ‘Elder abuse’ involve sexual assaults/rapes of senior women and in some cases murder, but I expect to see more abuse of this nature, from incompetent care givers, as the Left promotes immigrant labor as the answer to a shortage of nurses and nurse’s aides.

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6 thoughts on “Washington: Another Senior Suffers at Hands of “Care Giver”

  1. >Is this the future for our loved ones who need professional care?

    Yes, it is, unless caring family members stop it — the breakdown of the family includes multi-generational family structures that made this kind of thing much less thinkable in the past.

    >Fikirte T. Aseged, Medkes Gebissa

    Third world flotsam — a little research shows the surname Aseged is most common in Ethiopia — same for Gebissa.

  2. So sad. I had several live in aids for my hubby. All African from Ghana. I can tell you horror stories. As a matter of fact I started to write a book, just got started, only four pages so far, life has a way of getting in the way. Thank God I am in the home, I do not know if my husband would still be alive without me here to oversee. I was thinking of the this title for my book, “A Necessary Evil”. What do you think? I send your emails to everyone I can. God Bless you for keeping us informed.

    1. Thanks for your kind words of support. Books are good, but they take so long. Why not write a blog on the topic. Tell your stories and gather other peoples “horror stories” to help people quicker. Advantage is that besides getting info. out quicker (a book will take years), you only have to write sporadically.

  3. I think that at the very least involuntary manslaughter should apply.

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