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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A mother and son who operated the White Dove Care Home face abuse charges.

Authorities said 58-year-old Patricia Ybarra, 58, and Ernesto Torres, 34, each face multiple charges of physical and emotional abuse after being arrested and jailed Monday.

Assistant Attorney General Jesse Delaney said the investigation of the state-licensed facility began after a resident told a state caseworker at a medical facility that she was afraid to return to the home.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, court documents said residents told of being slapped, pushed, threatened and made to stay outside between meals regardless of the weather.

The home's residents were evacuated and transferred to other facilities.

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