Joseph Somera and Lolita Somera, a married couple who operate a Chandler home-based assisted living facility, are charged with vulnerable adult abuse in the death of a 69-year-old man who spent two days without air conditioning last summer.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced that the couple were indicted in the resident’s death.

The office said the air conditioning failed Aug. 16, 2018 and that Lolita Somera waited two days later to call 911 and report that the man was non-responsive.

According to the office, the temperature in the man’s room was 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) and medical examiners determined that environmental heat exposure contributed to the man’s death from end-stage renal disease complicated by acute pneumonia.


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