UPDATE (Feb. 24, 2017) -- Phillip Weimer pleaded guilty to two counts of neglect of a dependent and was sentenced to 1 year in the Randolph County Jail with 156 days credit for time served. He'll serve 13 months on probation.
LYNN, Ind. – A Randolph County man is facing charges, accused of neglect, after investigators said his mother sat in a chair with a broken hip for three months and received no medical care.
Phillip Weimer, 54, faces a felony charge of neglect of a dependent, and a misdemeanor charge of non support of a parent.
Court documents state Weimer said his mother fell and broke her hip about three months ago. Investigators found the elderly woman in the hoarded home in a chair, covered in her own urine and feces.
“They said that she had a broken hip, the son did, told me she was in bed until she was healed,” said Charlene Wagner, who lives nearby.
Neighbors like Wagner along West Church Street in Lynn are stunned about the filth at the now condemned home and the condition of the elderly woman inside.
Wagner cut the grass for the family, even talked to the woman on the phone.
“She seemed well on the phone, just told me she was in bed and was in bed until the physician told her she was healed,” said Wagner.
But investigators said no physician was ever called. First responders came to the home Sunday for a medical call on son Phillip Weimer.
It wasn’t long before their attention turned to his mother. According to court documents, investigators spotted her through a window, “laying across a chair on her back with a white wire rack shelf laying over her body.”
Phillip Weimer told police his mother broke her hip, didn’t move from the chair, and was even going to the bathroom there. He said she wanted to die at home.
First responders had to take the woman out of the hoarded home through a window because there was no pathway to the door.
Once at a Richmond hospital, staff found, “a large amount of feces, pills, debris, worms, and several open sores on the body.”
Neighbors told us about the strange circumstances at the home, but nobody ever reported anything to police or Adult Protective Services.
“I could hear him yelling at his mom when we’re sitting at our porch over here,” said Teresa Johnson, who lives across the street.
“I wish I would’ve known because nobody knew, because nobody was able to go into the house,” said Wagner.
Those who protect the elderly in Randolph County said this is a wake-up-call for all of us, to speak up.
“It’s a reminder that we all need to kind of, watch out for each other, and watch out for our neighbors,” said Jenny Hamilton, Vice-President of Home and Community-Based Services with Lifestream.
Teresa Johnson would change the past if she could.
“I wish I would’ve called somebody and said something,” said Johnson.
Phillip Weimer is being held on $8,000 bond in the Randolph County Jail and due in court on Friday.
A neighbor said the elderly woman is still in the hospital and in good spirits.
If you believe there may be a case of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of any adult, you can call the Indiana Adult Protective Services hotline at 1-800-992-6978.