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Woman faces attempted murder in elder abuse case

A woman who Medford police says defrauded two seniors and mistreated them in an attempt to place the victims into hospice has been arrested.

Karin Karly Boldt, 55, was arrested late Friday night on charges that include attempted murder, money laundering and aggravated theft. Boldt, listed in Jackson County Jail records as "Karin F. Boldt" with an address in the first block of East South Stage Road, remained in jail on $435,000 bail Saturday.

Police believe that Boldt stole more than half a million dollars from two Medford seniors while acting on their behalf, according to a release issued by Medford police late Friday night. A call to Medford police was not immediately returned Saturday.

Police said Boldt's arrest Friday follows an investigation that began close to a year ago, when a social worker and medical staff noticed rapid health declines that weren't consistent with earlier medical diagnoses after the two victims were hospitalized in March 2017.

"Evidence gathered during the investigation showed Boldt had worked to place both victims on hospice and her actions nearly led to their deaths," the Medford police release says.

The two victims were removed from Boldt's care shortly after the March 2017 report, according to police, and have since made a full recovery.

Detectives arrested Boldt Friday on felonies that include two counts of attempted murder, a count of money laundering, seven counts of aggravated theft, two counts of attempted aggravated first-degree theft, 13 counts of first-degree theft, four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment of a financial nature and one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment of a physical nature. As of Saturday, the charges had not yet been filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Anyone with information about the case should contact detectives at 541-774-2230 and reference case number 17-6771.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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