Bemidji woman charged with neglect

BEMIDJI– A Bemidji woman was charged with the criminal neglect of a vulnerable adult earlier this week.

The woman, 47-year-old Karen Gannetta, made her first appearance in court yesterday with another hearing scheduled for next week.

According to the criminal complaint, Gannetta is identified as the parent and personal care worker of the victim, and a doctor found that the victim had bruises on every part of their body.

Another practitioner confirmed that those bruises were consistent with abuse and neglect. The practitioner also found signs of pressure ulcers, dry cracked lips with blood present, and lethargy.

A Bemidji detective responded to the Hillcrest Manor home Oct. 2, and observed beer cans in the kitchen, no bedding on the vulnerable adult’s bed, the strong smell of ammonia and vomit on the floor.

The vulnerable adult weighed about 175 pounds two months ago, according to Gannetta, but the detective estimated that the vulnerable adult weighed less than 90 pounds.

The vulnerable adult was transported to the hospital via ambulance, and at the time of the detective’s initial visit, was unconscious. EMS staff questioned whether the victim was alive before they eventually detected breathing.

At the hospital, the vulnerable adult was able to convey to social services that Gannetta hits them, makes them crawl to the bathroom and denies access to family members. They indicated they used to be able to use a cane, but cannot walk at all anymore.

Karen Gannetta, 47, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.

Other notable observations in the victim, according to the complaint, include the presence of muscle wasting, dermatitis neglecta (condition from skin that is not cleaned properly), and impacted debris under the fingernails.

Gannetta was placed under arrest on Oct. 15,  with conditions in the home reported to be even worse than before.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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  1. October 18, 2019 @ October 18, 2019 10:25 pm annie

    I find this so disgusting in every way , this woman (not my first choice of species) has been turned in at least three times to ss.
    Why hasn’t she been separated before now from her daughter ? She had her daughters rights stripped from her when she turned 18
    stop letting her attend school which she was doing until three years ago , and doing fine at the time . I could be wrong but I think the “system”
    failed her and this is what happens in a world where someone like her can get ten years for what she has done to her own daughter and somone that sells dope or steals money will get fifteen or more ! what the hell is wrong with this world we live in ? Since when did people stop caring about human beings and just judge the ones that have made mistakes. She did this over time not in two months ! Really sad for that poor girl. She is going to need a lot of love to get her threw this . Hopfully the system doesn’t just send her back home with her mother, but nothing would shock me anymore sick sick sick ! someone really needs to investigate ss who were aware of this situation and did NOTHING !

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