By Graeme Zielinski - Express-News
Amid allegations of elder abuse, Valicek was stripped of her responsibilities administering the estate by Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff in the spring. According to court records, Valicek was spending from the combined fortunes $25,000 a month.
On Friday, her lawyer Larry Souza said it was his client's fear of being jailed again that initially kept her from showing up for the hearing, as well as what he described as a rapidly declining mental state. Rickhoff estimated there was still $700,000 from the estates not accounted for.
Souza said Valicek was in a nearby parking lot crying and “hysterical,” and it was his recommendation that she be committed to a hospital. He asked Rickhoff to make plain to his client the need for her to vacate the house in the 200 block of Mary Louise, which she had agreed to do by Dec. 13.
But she continues to occupy the Mary Louise house. Court records show she had purchased the house for $460,000 with her grandmother's money and is living there with two school-aged sons.
“I want you to bring her in here and tell her how the cow ate the cabbage,” said Souza, who said he has found it difficult to confer with Valicek.
After various delays, a subdued-looking Valicek came on her own into the courtroom, where she again voiced her objections to her father eventually assuming control of the monies from Bailey. She left without answering a reporter's questions.
“The whole family needs to get healing here,” said Rickhoff, visibly pained, both by the case and by recent surgery.
“It's unbelievable,” he said.