Grand jury indicts Ossipee man, wife in alleged kidnapping, assault of mother
OSSIPEE — A Carroll County Superior Court grand jury has indicted the son and daughter-in-law of an elderly Massachusetts woman on charges of felony kidnapping and assault.
The indictments, or true bills, released last week in 3rd Circuit Superior Court in Ossipee, charge Darin J. Brown, 43, and his wife, Sharon Giordano, 38, of 54 Fox Run Road, West Ossipee, with two counts each of kidnapping, a Class A felony, one count each of criminal restraint, one count each of second degree assault, a felony, and one count each of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
The couple allegedly brought Brown's 80-year-old mother, Joan Brown, to West Ossipee from her Stoneham, Mass., home in March. The Ossipee Police Department launched an investigation after they were alerted to the situation by a private detective hired by other family members after the elderly mother failed to appear for a court date. After Darin Brown and Giordano were arrested on July 16, officers discovered Joan Brown had an untreated fractured hip for which the couple had not sought medical attention. The couple also failed to provide her with prescribed medications after allegedly telling her that her medical coverage had run out. Doctors found that Joan Brown was dehydrated, had a fractured hip and suffered internal bleeding that required her to have a blood transfusion prior to surgery at Huggins Hospital.
Joan Brown had told McGarvey that she likely fractured her hip when she slipped on stairs when she went down to the basement to smoke a cigarette with her son. Darin Brown's defense attorney, Eric Wolpin, asserted during follow-up questions at a probable cause hearing there was no evidence Joan Brown had been threatened, assaulted or restrained, and that she had access to a telephone and no sign of external injuries.
At a probable cause hearing held in July, a guardian ad litem from Middlesex County (Mass.) Court assigned to Mrs. Brown's case, attorney Diane McGarvey, testified that officials discovered more than $600,000 had been transferred from Joan Brown's bank account to the defendants' account.
Both defendants are being held on $50,000 or $100,000 corporate surety bail in Carroll County Jail. Murray said a bail hearing would likely be held during the defendants' arraignment later this month.