Prosecutors decline to file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors have rejected filing elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow.

A charge evaluation sheet released Friday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office states there is insufficient evidence to file charges against Jean Kasem.

She was married to the radio personality for more than 30 years but was stripped of control over his medical care in the final days of his life.

Casey Kasem died in June 2014 in Washington state, where his wife took him after removing him from a medical facility where he was receiving around-the-clock care.

The longtime "American Top 40" host had a form of dementia and severe bedsores when he died.

His daughter, Kerri Kasem, was named his conservator and sought elder abuse charges against her stepmother.

Kerri Kasem released the following statement later Friday:

“My family is very sad to learn the Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has decided not to file charges against Jean Kasem.  We did everything we could to save my Dad at the end of his life, including getting an emergency court order for conservatorship.   But we were too late.  My father’s second wife Jean had done everything she could to keep our father from us while not providing the quality care that he – and every other senior in our society – deserves.

"We’re hopeful that the prosecutors in Kitsap County, Washington where my father was taken against his will and later died, will do the right thing and file charges against Jean. 

"The Los Angeles County District Attorney, with her professed interest in ending elder abuse, could do more.  Her website says ‘she leads the largest prosecutorial office in the nation, with nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members.’

"It’s a sad day in our country when our parents, family members and loved ones die at the hands of others, and our elected prosecutors elect to do nothing.”