‘We are living in the worst Kafka-esque nightmare’ OAP arrested for trying to take her 97-year-old dementia-suffering mum from care home

A retired nurse was arrested this week after she tried to take her dementia-suffering 97-year-old mother from a care home to be looked after by her family.

Ylenia D’angeli, aged 73, was detained by officers and taken to Hull Police station after attempting to take her 97-year-old mum who she had not seen for nine months to her home.

She was then ‘de-arrested’ and released from custody.

Earlier her actress daughter Leandra Ashton, 42, posted footage of the arrest of her mother on Facebook.

The video shows the distressing confrontation as police put her grand-mother into a patrol car to be returned to her care home which had been resident in for around a year.

According to the post the lady, Mrs D’Angeli was arrested because she “refused to take” the older woman back to the care home in Market Weighton, East Yorks.

Police later said they had responded the reports of an ‘assault’ at the care home.



Leandra Ashton

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble of Humberside Police said: “These are incredibly difficult circumstances and we sympathise with all families who are in this position.

“We responded to the report of an assault at the care home, who are legally responsible for the woman’s call.”

Footage of the moment posted by Leandra on Facebook shows the 73-year-old inside a police car with handcuffs on.

In her post, actress and yoga teacher Leandra said: “Yesterday my 73-year-old Mum pushed into the care home to hug my 97-year-old Grandma who has dementia.

“She then quietly wheeled her out.

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Ylenia Angeli and Tina Thornborough

“My Mum, is a trained nurse and wishes to care for my Nan at home.

“We only have Power of Attorney for my Nan’s finances. Not for her wellbeing.

“Before lockdown we could overcome this by visiting my Nan regularly.

“Now we can’t. My Mum was arrested because she refused to take my Nan back to the care home.

“It feels like we are living in the worst Kafka-esque nightmare. People in masks coming to take your relative away from you.

“I find myself for the first time in my life on the wrong side of the law.”

Leandra added that she had “tried to go through all the official channels” by writing to MPs and Public Health England.

She said: “We raised a ‘safe guarding’ concern at the beginning of lockdown due to my Nan’s clear deterioration but this was inexplicably dropped and ‘disappeared’.

“When she became ill at the care home and was admitted to hospital we asked that she not go back.

“Yet she was discharged from hospital behind our backs and without our consent.”

Leandra added: “When you are faced with irrational responses your actions become irrational.

“When you are repeatedly told ‘we’re just following the rules’ and those rules have kept you away from your loved one for about 8 or 9 months, you question those rules.

“When the rules – like so many in this period of our history – are purporting to be in place to ‘protect’ but yet are causing untold damage to physical and mental health then you start breaking the rules.”

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Last night the care home said ‘we have been told not to comment.’