Police: Adult foster care owner strung out on meth, not sleeping

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OWOSSO (WJRT) - (5/16/2019) - She was trusted with caring for vulnerable adults.

But the Michigan Attorney General's Office said an Owosso woman housed them in unsafe conditions.

58-year-old Diane Lott is facing 10 misdemeanor charges.

She is out on bond and back home at the adult care foster facility she used to operate.

When we asked for a comment, Lott refused to speak with us.

"There always seemed to be something amiss," explained Owosso Police Officer Tim Applegate.

He explained their department was often called to the West Oliver Street home. The Attorney General's Office stepped in after receiving a tip about the facility.

Their investigation revealing Lott created, "unreasonable health and safety risks to her residents."

"Other residents of the household had said Diane was acting erratic and not sleeping at night," Applegate said.

It turned out Lott has reportedly been under the influence of methamphetamines.

Applegate said she admitted to her drug use. He said she told police snort it at various locations around the city.

"It's more difficult to describe because the effects of methamphetamines last for so long, it could be a medley of things that she was or was not doing," Applegate said.

Applegate added there aren't any drug charges at this time because she didn't have any meth on her at the time of her arrest.

Instead, Lott is facing 10 charges of 4th degree Vulnerable Adult Abuse, one for every person she was supposed to be taking care of.

The AG's investigation also found the medication provider certificate was expired and several employees weren't CPR or first aid certified.

"Stop in often, get to know the employees and people in charge, be active in your loved ones lives and always trust your instincts," Applegate added.

The AG's Office echoed his suggestions:
• Visit frequently, at different times—don't be predictable.
• Ask questions about care.
• Check for bedsores and unexplained bruises.
• Watch for weight loss or dehydration.
• Note the cleanliness of the residents and the facility.
• Keep a small journal for notes after visits.
• Take your camera – successive photos can be a good indicator of a resident's well-being.
• Report any suspected abuse. Michiganders can report abuse to the Attorney General's office at 800-24-ABUSE.

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