Isabella Diantha Parker, DOB: 4-9-70, appeared before District Court Judge Jeffrey Pilkington where she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for abuse of her 87-year-old father, Ben Parker.
On February 21, 2017 Golden police were contacted by paramedics with West Metro Fire regarding a possible case of elder abuse. They had transported Ben Parker from his doctor’s office to the emergency room at the doctor’s request. Mr. Parker told the paramedics that his daughter, Isabella Parker, had left him on the floor at his home for four days, with no food or water.
On February 20, 2017 the weekly housekeeper had arrived at 1001 18th Street in Golden to find Mr. Parker dressed only in a diaper and a shirt, lying face down on the matt on the floor in his bedroom, covered in his own urine and feces. He had no food or water and could not sit up, pull himself up, or move across the floor. He could not take his daily medication. The following day he was taken to the doctor.
Isabella Parker had taken on role of caregiver because her father could no longer care for himself and needed assistance with daily living activities. She lived with him at his house. She was aware of his frailty and limitations and that he could not safely be left alone. In spite of this, Isabella Parker left him on a mat on the floor in his bedroom while she and her boyfriend went to Black Hawk for over 36 hours to gamble.
Mr. Parker died in April, 2017, two months after the incident, and was unable to testify at trial.
Mr. Parker suffered acute kidney injury, severe dehydration, muscle break-down, and brain confusion as a result of being having been left on the floor, without care, and without food or water.
Isabella Parker was also charged and convicted of stealing $13,000 from her father.
On July 2, 2017 a jury returned guilty verdicts of Theft from At-Risk Adult (F3); Criminal Exploitation of an At-Risk Adult (F3); Criminal Negligence Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury of an At-Risk Adult (F5).
This was Isabella Parker’s seventh felony conviction. Her prior seven convictions were drug offenses.
“Prison is an appropriate sentence for Ms. Parker. It is unconscionable that a daughter would leave her elderly father in such a dangerous situation. She was gambling in Black Hawk while her father lay helpless, suffering,” said DA Pete Weir, “With seven prior felony convictions, and only one short prior prison sentence, she has had every chance possible at rehabilitation while under probation supervision.”