able adult of possession of the property. (b) Obtaining the property of a vulnerable adult by intentionally deceiving the vulnerable adult with a representation that is known to be a false representation, is made with intent to defraud, and does defraud the vulnerable adult.

Elder person” under § 46.90 means a person who is age 60 or older or who is subject to the infirmities of aging.

Vulnerable adult” under § 940.285 means any person 18 years of age or older who either is a developmentally disabled person or has infirmities of aging, mental illness, or other like incapacities and who is: 1. Substantially mentally incapable of providing for his or her needs for food, shelter, clothing or personal or health care; or 2. Unable to report cruel maltreatment without assistance.

Caretaker” under § 55.01 means the person, if any, who takes care of a vulnerable adult voluntarily or under a contract for care.

WYOMING: Wyo. Stat. § 35-20-102 (2001)

Abuse” means the willful infliction, whether by another person or self-inflicted, of physical pain, injury, unreasonable confinement or deprivation, which conduct threatens the welfare and well being of a disabled adult.

Defined separately: Abandonment means leaving a disabled adult without financial support or the means or ability to obtain food, clothing, shelter, or health care.

Neglect” means the deprivation, including self-deprivation, of the minimum food, shelter, clothing, supervision, physical and mental health care, and other care necessary to maintain a disabled adult’s life or health, or which may result in a life-threatening situation. The withholding of health care from a disabled adult is not neglect if: (A) Treatment is given in good faith by spiritual means alone, through prayer, by a duly accredited practitioner in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination; or (B) The withholding of health care is in accordance with a declaration executed pursuant to W.S. 35-22-101 through 35-22-109.

Exploitation” means taking advantage of a disabled adult or of his physical or financial resources for personal or pecuniary profit by the use of



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