Rosamaria Moreno faces murder for her aunt’s death

Rosamaria Moreno appeared in a photo shoot

A Las Vegas woman has been charged in connection with the death of an elderly aunt in late 2021 that she was paid to care for.

Rosamaria Moreno28 years old, charged with what Nevada law calls “Public murder – The victim is an elderly person“Through the death of 79 years old Maura Nava Floreswho was found dead by the roadside by a random passerby in North Las Vegas on December 18, 2021.

Under the Nevada AmendmentEnhanced sentencing applies when a murder victim is over 60 years old.

Police said Moreno dumped his aunt’s body on the side of the road near Water Avenue and Stocker Street on the night of December 17, 2021. The elderly victim’s body was found just after midnight.

North Las Vegas Police Department Spokesperson Alex Cuevas said responders were called to the area and found Flores by the side of the road, according to Las Vegas Review Magazine. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene because she had “no signs of life” and her body was “clean,” without any signs of a struggle or injury, Cuevas said. added. An autopsy is still inconclusive but it is believed that hypothermia contributed to her death.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by CBS local KLAS affiliate, the defendant’s motive is said to be at least money in nature. Authorities say Moreno was upset that the state had stopped paying her compensation for taking care of her aunt. Defendant allegedly communicated those concerns to Silver State’s Division of Aging and Disability Services on the last day Flores was seen alive, saying she was entitled to paid care, accommodation and accommodation of his aunt.

According to police, the agency said it stopped paying Moreno after its agent was denied entry to her home during a visit to confirm that Flores was being cared for.

The defendant allegedly told police in an interview that she didn’t realize her aunt was missing until December 21, 2021 – four days after the woman was left on the side of the road. According to the complaint, Moreno had no reason not to report Flores missing, but went on to say that her aunt “sleeped a lot,” had a history of “roaming” and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and mental illness. schizophrenia. .

Police say the defendant continued to log caregiver hours during those additional days, even when her aunt was absent.

Police said they confronted Moreno with video evidence of her car being in the area where her aunt was dropped off. According to the lawsuit, the defendant told police that Flores wanted to drive and was having problems urinating. First, Moreno allegedly told police she drove to the Salvation Army shelter but because it “looked full” she dropped her aunt on the side of the road. Moreno is said to be “tough” that Flores was alive when he left her there.

According to court records, Moreno was arrested and charged with murder on February 24, 2022. She was later released on bail and her next court appearance is now scheduled for February 14. March 2022.

Law & Crime reached out to the North Las Vegas Court of Justice for more information on this story but had no immediate response at time of publication.

[image via North Las Vegas Police Department]

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