Vulnerable adult hospitalized, Bemidji mother charged with neglect

BELTRAMI COUNTY, MN — A Bemidji woman is behind bars after court documents show her child, a vulnerable adult, was found unconscious with bruises all over their body.

According to court records, Karen Gannetta, 47, of Bemidji, was arrested Monday and charged with criminal neglect. A Beltrami County judge set Gannetta’s bail at $25,000.

Investigators responded to Gannetta’s Bemidji home on October 2, where according to court documents, they found animal feces, empty beer cans, vomit on the floor, and an unresponsive vulnerable adult.

Court documents show the vulnerable adult had lost about 90 pounds in two months and had bruises all over their body.

When first responders arrived, they said they weren’t sure the vulnerable adult was still alive until they detected breathing.

At the hospital, court documents show the physician noted “bruising on essentially every part of the vulnerable adult’s body including face, chest, arms, back and legs. The vulnerable adult was obviously underweight, malnourished and severely dehydrated.”

The vulnerable adult told authorities that Gannetta allegedly hits them, has made them crawl to the restroom, and denies access to family members.

According to court documents, Gannetta’s care records indicated that she had allegedly previously drank heavily while she was supposed to be caring for the vulnerable adult.

Gannetta is both the vulnerable adult’s mother and personal care assistant.

During an interview with authorities, Gannetta told them she probably spoiled her child too much.

Gannetta is due back in court next week.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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