A Florida in-home caregiver has reportedly admitted to stealing jewelry from a dying, terminally-ill woman whose care she was responsible for, the Sun Sentinel reports.
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Kathleen E. Barrett (pictured) admitted to Boca Raton police that while 84-year-old Joanne Irving was taking her final breathes on June 24, she plucked the dying woman’s body of jewelry.
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Moments later, paramedics arrived at the home and rushed Irving to a Boca Raton hospital where she died. Boca Raton police opened an investigation on June 29 after the executor of Irvin’s estate reported that more than $9,000 worth of jewelry was missing from the deceased woman’s body.
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Police reportedly became suspicious of Barrett after she allegedly contradicted herself about the missing jewelry during interviews. In a Sept. 7 interview Barrett admitted to cops that she sold the stolen goods to several local jewelry shops. She received $ 870 for the items, far less than their original worth.
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Barrett turned herself in on Friday and bonded out of jail later that day. Joanne’s daughter-in-law was sickened by the confession.
“I will never forget this until the day I die, that somebody would strip from an 84-year-old woman things that she and her husband had worked their entire lives for,” Sandy Irving said.