Elderly woman, whose daughter is accused of abusing her, diesBy CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent
December 15. 2017 6:04PM
NASHUA — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is mum on whether prosecutors will add supplemental charges for a Pelham woman accused of punching, biting and pulling out the hair of her 89-year-old mother after the victim recently died.
Assistant Attorney General Brandon H. Garod confirmed Friday that Harriet Kalogeros, mother to 54-year-old Stephanie Ntallas, of 99 Tallant Road, has died.
Ntallas was arrested Aug. 23 for allegedly striking her mother with an object, neglecting her nutrition and refusing to seek medical attention for her mother’s bleeding wounds, according to police records.
She was indicted in November on three counts of simple assault, all misdemeanors, and felony charges of criminal neglect of an elder adult and criminal threatening.
Given the suddenness of Kalogeros’ death, the attorney general’s office cannot discuss if her passing was a result of the negligence or if this will lead to additional charges in the case.
“Those decisions have not been made yet, so I can’t comment,” said Garod, who is the state’s lead elder abuse prosecutor.
“(Ntallas) waived her arraignment and pled not guilty and the case will be scheduled for dispositional conference in the near future,” he said. “We will be evaluating the case between now and then, and we’ll make decisions about how to proceed.”
The felony count of criminal neglect of the elderly comes from Ntallas’ failure to provide medical assistance for her mother’s multiple injuries, which caused a severe infection.
The Pelham Police Department was initially called to Ntallas’ Tallant Road residence on Aug. 3 for a medial emergency, finding Kalogeros’ legs were scratched. Police reported she was transported to Lowell General Hospital with deep lacerations on her legs, human bite marks on her body, multiple bruises and other signs of neglect, including dehydration and malnourishment.
“The doctor states in the report that this is severe abuse and intentional trauma imposed by someone else other than the patient, injuries would not be expected from just falls (or) self-inflicted injuries,” according to an affidavit from Pelham Detective Sgt. Thomas J. O’Donnell. The court filing also states Kalogeros told police her daughter would “bite her, punch her, slap her and pull her hair.”
Kalogeros told police she had hidden several sharp objects, including a knife and scissors, from her daughter so Ntallas would not stab her. Officers would later find evidence of several blood stains at the residence, including on scissors, cloth and Kalogeros’ slippers.
Ntallas was released on $10,000 cash or corporate surety bond, according to documents obtained from Salem district court.
Ntallas was scheduled for arraignment on Friday, but prosecutors reached an agreement with her attorney so she did not have to appear in court this week. She is expected to appear in a Nashua courtroom sometime in mid-to-late January.