Daughter, 72, cleared in charges against mother, 92

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 10:08 PM

WINSTON-SALEM — A 72-year-old Kernersville woman has been cleared on charges that she neglected her 92-year-old mother.

A Forsyth County jury concluded that Nannie Ballard Kollar did not neglect her mother to the point that bed sores contributed to her deaths, the Winston-Salem Journal (http://bit.ly/X8ZItG) reported.

Kollar was charged with abuse of a disabled or elderly person causing serious injury and neglect of a disabled or elderly person causing serious injury.

Kernersville police arrested Kollar April 21, 2011, the day after her mother died

Prosecutors contended that neglect led to the bed sores that contributed to the death of Mildred McGee Ballard.

But Kollar's attorney said she had spent more than 30 years caring for her mother and there was no sign of neglect.

"She has not had a chance to grieve for her mother's death," defense attorney Stacey Rubain said Monday. "She's very relieved that the jury saw the truth."

"Despite the verdict, we want people to come forward and report allegations of abuse of elderly or disabled citizens," said District Attorney Jennifer Martin, noting the office set up a task force to deal specifically with elder abuse cases and works with the Winston-Salem Police Department, Adult Protective Services and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.