A judge has ruled that a solicitor should manage the financial affairs of an 88-year-old woman who has dementia and lives in a care home after police launched an inquiry following the disappearance of thousands of pounds.
Senior Judge Denzil Lush made an order following a hearing in the Court of Protection in London after local authority social workers raised concerns about the management of the pensioner's finances by her children.
The judge said the woman, who was not named but lives in Kent, had been in care for two years and her finances were being managed by her daughter, who is in her 60s, and son, who is in his 50s.
Kent County Council officials said an account had been "reduced" by more than £20,000 without explanation - and said detectives were investigating.
They said they had concerns about the ability of the daughter and son to act in their mother's best interests. The daughter and son had disagreed and said they were "best placed " to look after their mother's affairs.
Detail has emerged in a written ruling by the judge.