The Erie caregiver accused of physically abusing and failing to properly feed, clean or care for three developmentally disabled men
staying in her home has been extradited back to Boulder County and is set for a hearing in June after posting bond earlier this morning.
Kelly Benz, 48, appeared in court this morning and had her bond set in the amount of $5,000, according to Boulder DA spokeswoman Catherine Olguin. Benz posted the bond and is now set for an arraignment June 10.
Benz was arrested March 19 in Minnesota after a warrant was issued.
Benz, a home host provider who lived in Erie, was indicted by Boulder County's grand jury on seven counts, including criminal negligence resulting in bodily injury to an at-risk adult, two counts of third-degree assault on an at-risk adult, three counts of caretaker neglect and one count of false imprisonment.
According to the indictment, three developmentally disabled men were all living in Benz's home by June 7, 2014, and Benz was contracted by local social-service agencies to care for all three and was paid a stipend.
In August 2015, a caregiver hired by Benz to look after the three men while she on vacation reported numerous concerns to Boulder County Adult Protective Services.
The caregiver said she was only left frozen meals to feed the men, and found rotting and expired foods in the fridge and a litter box overflowing with cat feces..
According to the affidavit, the woman also found one of the men in his room sleeping on a stained mattress with no sheets, and feces on the floor. She also said the man had an abrasion to his head.
When she talked to two of the men, they told her they were not allowed to come out of the basement to eat dinner.
One of the men told police Benz had hit him numerous times in the head for no apparent reason and the others said she had pushed them.
Doctors also found bruises and signs of abuse on one of the men, according to the indictment.
All three men were removed from Benz's home while the investigation was conducted. One of the men reportedly gained about 10 pounds shortly after leaving Benz's care.
Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.
Kelly Cassidy Benz (Hennepin County Sheriff s Office) The Erie caregiver accused of physically abusing and failing to properly feed, clean or care for