Woman arrested for abuse of nearly 70 vulnerable adults

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX - Dozens of residents in three long-term care facilities in Phoenix have been moved after alleged abuse was discovered.

Investigators from the Phoenix Police Department’s Family Investigations Unit and the Attorney General’s Office arrested Melissa Pacheco, 42, on a long list of charges of vulnerable adult abuse.

Fiesta Village at Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue, Honey Bee’s at 19th Avenue and Greenway Road, and Marconi House at Seventh Street and Marconi Avenue are the three facilities that were shut down in light of Pacheco's arrest.

There are 69 adult victims ranging in age from 35 to 89. The victims have numerous medical problems and diminished mental capacities that required assisted-living care.

Police allege the facilities owned by Pacheco were infested with bed bugs, cockroaches and there were patients with open wounds.

Her arrest stems from an investigation over the past several months of the three assisted-living care facilities owned and operated by Pacheco, a registered nurse.

Phoenix police and fire officials were frequently dispatched to at least one of the locations and expressed concerns about unsafe living conditions, an unhealthy environment and untreated medical conditions.

All of the residents have been relocated to other licensed care facilities.

Pacheco is employed by Phoenix V.A. Healthcare System.