Wilmette, IL Mail Carrier Under Investigation For Elder Abuse

WILMETTE, IL — A Wilmette mail carrier is under investigation after the children of an 89-year-old resident reported witnessing possible elder abuse on security cameras, according to police and postal service inspectors.

On Sept. 7, a United States Postal Service employee entered the elderly woman’s home, hugged and kissed her and told her that he loved her, according to Wilmette police.

The 89-year-old suffers from a fragile mental condition, is not capable of making decisions on her own and lives with a caretaker 24 hours a day from Sunday to Friday, her family told police. But that Saturday, she was home alone.

One of the woman’s children told police an in-law found the mail carrier in her kitchen a few weeks earlier. The USPS employee gave “some excuse” and left. He was later told by a family member not to enter the house again, according to police.

Their elderly mother had complained about the particular mail carrier in the past, but the children were not sure exactly why, police said. They could not be sure whether the Sept. 7 incident was the first inappropriate contact between their mom and the mailman.


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