Island Lake live-in caregiver found guilty of abusing her 82-year-old employer

McHenry County judge also finds 39-year-old New York woman guilty of using fake name, identification

A McHenry County judge has found a 39-year-old woman guilty of abusing her 82-year-old employer and using a fake name.

Theresa Alexander, who also went by Lynn Lawrence and is from Brooklyn, New York, was working as a live-in caregiver for an 82-year-old woman in Island Lake until her February arrest, according to court records and a Monday news release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Alexander was using a fake name and false identification at the time, according to the release.

The original criminal complaint against Alexander alleged she struck the older woman “in the face with a closed fist, pushed her chest with an open fist (and) grabbed her inner thighs and forearms.”

Alexander was subsequently indicted on felony aggravated battery, felony possession of a fraudulent driver’s license, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor obstruction of identification. Following a bench trial, Judge Michael Coppedge on Friday found Alexander guilty of all charges.

The case was investigated by members of the Island Lake Police Department, who “quickly uncovered the abusive nature of the relationship with Alexander striking her elderly employer multiple times,” according to the news release. The case was prosecuted by Tyler Mikan and Christian Michalik of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Alexander’s bond was revoked following the ruling last week and sentencing was set for Sept. 24, court records show.

Emily Coleman

Emily K. Coleman

Originally from the northwest suburbs, Emily K. Coleman is the editor for the Northwest Herald. She spent about seven years prior to that with Shaw Media, first covering the town of Dixon for Sauk Valley Media and then various communities within McHenry County from 2012 to 2016.