- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Economic Security says it has put one of its own employees on administrative leave pending an investigation into a case of alleged elderly abuse involving a relative of another DES employee.

The department says it took the personnel action after it learned two employees had knowledge of the case involving the hospitalization of a Mesa resident.

Details of the alleged neglect weren’t released, but DES Director Timothy Jeffries called the alleged acts abusive and “deplorable and evil.”

The department says it received notification of the case on its adult protective services hotline on Feb. 18 and that an investigator visited the home the next day, learning that the woman had been hospitalized.

DES officials say they can’t divulge details of the case, which remains under investigation.

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