Investigators said a police officer vomited three times while rescuing an elderly woman neglected by her son in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Buford Housing Authority maintenance workers were working outside the 88-year-old woman’s home on South Street and didn’t know anyone lived there. Investigators said they heard noises coming from the bedroom and saw movement of someone under the covers.
The workers called 911 and police responded and found the woman to be in deplorable condition.
“There is neglect here,” an officer said on body camera video. “The whole room smells like feces.”
According to police, the woman had bed sores and was lying in her own urine and feces. She was very frail and appeared to have not eaten for a long time.
Paramedics took the woman to a hospital where she was treated.
They called the woman’s son, 56-year-old Tony Sherman, to their home and interviewed him.
“She said she never wanted to go to a nursing home and that’s why I’m doing my best,” Sherman told police.
He allegedly claimed he checked in on his mother daily and said it was difficult to get her to eat regularly. He also said she hadn’t seen a doctor in about a year.
Investigators said Sherman changed his story during the interview, saying at one point they couldn’t take photos in the house without a search warrant.
He was arrested Monday and charged with neglect of a disabled adult or elderly person. He was jailed without bail and could face additional criminal charges, according to prosecutors.
Here is a local news report about the incident:
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