Two women charged in death of Webster group home resident

WEBSTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Two women have been charged in connection with the death of a woman with disabilities at a group home in Webster.

An indictment was unsealed in court on Thursday, charging 25-year-old Sarah DiLallo and 60-year-old Sandra Abdo with manslaughter in the death of 35-year-old Heather Roselli in June.

DiLallo and Abdo, both employees at the group home operated by Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services, allegedly attacked Roselli after she tried to make a phone call. 

According to the indictment, DiLallo and Abdo slammed Roselli to the ground, hit her repeatedly, and pinned her down on her stomach.

Roselli went into cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.

Prosecutors say DiLallo initially provoked Roselli. 

"The people who work in these homes, they have a position of public trust," Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Leslie Schildt said. "When people put family, relatives, or friends, in these homes, they're trusting that they're going to be kept safe."

William Easton, DiLallo's attorney, said he and his client were caught off guard by the sealed indictment. 

"We have to start from scratch right now and get up to speed and investigate the case," Easton said. "They've been investigating the case for three or four months. We're going to start, and I'm certain we're going to have a different version of what happened."

DiLallo and Abdo were arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Both women pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday. 

A judge set bail at $30,000 bond for each defendant. Both are due back in court on Nov. 30.


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