Tenn. grand jury still investigating Algonquin mother
No indictment has been filed in the case of an Algonquin mother accused of leaving her severely disabled daughter at a bar, although a Tennessee grand jury began hearing her case on Friday.
On June 28, Eva Cameron, 45, left her 19-year-old daughter at the Big Orange Bar in Caryville, Tenn., about an hour northwest of Knoxville. Lynn Cameron had no identification and because of her inability to communicate, it took authorities 10 days to identify her.
Eva Cameron has not been charged, although Tennessee prosecutors said that they were looking into elder abuse law, which includes neglect of impaired adults.
"The police know that there are still things to do and the grand jury wanted us to do some things," Assistant District Attorney Scarlett Ellis. "Things are still coming in and the investigation is progressing."
Grand juries meet and determine whether to issue an indictment, or a formal written accusation that a crime has been committed.
The grand jury is scheduled to reconvene regarding Cameron's case on Oct. 12, but Ellis declined to comment what steps will be taken in the meantime.
Cameron has previously told the Northwest Herald that she had reached the end of her rope and could no longer care for Lynn. She said she was unable to receive adequate help in Illinois and wanted her daughter to become a ward of the state of Tennessee because of its health care system.
A Tennessee judge, however, released Lynn Cameron back into Illinois custody, and she was placed into a state-funded residential home for people with developmental disabilities, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services.
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