3 Accused of assault, abuse of 63 year old Klamath Falls woman

Klamath Falls, Ore. – 3 people from Klamath Falls are accused of assaulting and mistreating a 63-year old woman they had been providing care for.

Oregon State Police say a 63-year-old Klamath Falls woman had been handcuffed to a chair and beaten at a residence on Homedale Road. “Our investigation has lead us to believe that this abuse has been going on for months,” said Sergeant Bob Fenner of the Oregon State Police.

Charges against 24-year-old Melissa Ann Shanholtzer, 29-year-old Jonathon Sterling Martin, and 56-year-old Florence Marie Raley include second-degree assault, kidnapping, and criminal conspiracy.

Raley is also charged with sexual penetration with an object. “That was an allegation made by the victim, yes,” said Sergeant Fenner.

According to police reports, the victim’s injuries included a broken arm and detached retinas. Sergeant Fenner said, “The victim ended up at the hospital in Salem with massive, serious injuries that aver very concerning for abuse.”

The victim was taken to Salem from the Klamath County Jail earlier this month, where she had been booked on animal abuse charges. State Police say the victim is related by marriage to Florence Raley, and lived with the 3 suspects.

The animal abuse charges against the victim involve Raley’s dog.

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