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Elderly Man Allegedly Neglected By Caregiver In Carmichael Home

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CARMICHAEL (CBS13) — Two people are accused of abusing an elderly patient and possibly stealing his money.

Sacramento County investigators say the victim’s cries for help were ignored as he was allegedly denied food and water.

They say the abuse had been going on for days, if not longer, behind a fenced compound, and some neighbors wondered if the victim was even still alive.

According to Sacramento County investigators, exotic dancer Sabrina Kohler is in deep trouble.

“I’ve never been in trouble” she said. “Happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Detectives say she and Joseph Dorishev were both taking care of an 84-year-old disabled man at his Carmichael home.

“So he’s saved a lot of money and he’s got a lot of money you know,” Dorishev said.

Investigators say the suspects denied the victim food and water and forced him to live in his own filth.

Neighbors say strange people were always in and out of the house, and they didn’t see the victim for months.

But it all came to a head on Monday night when the elderly man allegedly began blowing an air horn to get his caregiver’s attention.

“Normally he blows the air horn but I was sleeping and I didn’t hear the air horn,” Dorishev said.

Kohler says it was a long night of drinking with Dorishev and she passed out.

Detectives say the victim sat an entire day in his own feces, but managed to activate a medical alert button. The fire department arrived, who called the police who arrested the couple.

“Anything I wanted that old man would give me,” Dorishev said.

He denies any abuse and allegations he was tapping the victim’s bank account.

“He let me use his checks but he be with me and we’d go to BelAir and we’d buy food,” Dorishev said.

And Kohler says Monday was her first time at the house.

“A one night stand to be honest,” she said.

Both are being held without bail.

Detectives say they are also investigating a possible marijuana grow at the home.

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