CRIME
10/28/2013 02:27 pm ET

Patients Abandoned After California Nursing Home Forced To Close

More than a dozen nursing home patients were left to fend for themselves in horrific conditions after most of the facility's staff apparently abandoned them.

California's State Social Services closed down the Valley Springs Manor assisted living home in Castro Valley on Thursday for various violations, according to NBC Bay Area.

But authorities said 14 patients were still inside on Saturday when they were rescued by sheriff's deputies.

Only a cook, a caretaker and a janitor were left to tend to the patients, according to sheriff's deputies.

KGO-TV reports on the violations that got the facility shuttered in the first place:

Many of the allegations include issues such as failing to conduct criminal background checks on employees and properly train employees to making false statements to regulators, as well as problems with maintenance and cleanliness.

"I can tell you that the department has been engaged with this facility for quite a while and there is a history of concerns," Department of Social Services spokesperson Michael Weston said.

NBC Bay Area pointed to a review on Caring.com purportedly from a resident that described the substandard conditions.

"This place has been fined several times for several things," the review said. "We have no nurses, and the food is not conducive to balanced nutrition or diabetic needs."

The 14 residents have been moved to area hospitals or other places where they can be cared for. Authorities said an investigation is underway and criminal charges are possible.

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