Caretaker Agrees to Annul Marriage to Dementia Patient
December 01, 2011
A woman who married an 87-year-old dementia patient in Texas agreed to annul the marriage in exchange for a payment of $10,000.
Jewell Hall, who suffers from dementia, hired 58-year-old Marjorie Messer in February to provide in-home nursing care for him. She married him a month later.
Adult Protective Services stepped in to take over Hall's care in April, transferring him to a nursing home and reporting Messer to the police.
Messer, who is facing criminal charges for theft from a vulnerable adult, has agreed to give up all claims to Hall's estate in exchange for the $10,000.
Messer maintains that she only married Hall out of concern for his welfare.