Anderson woman arrested after 94-year-old mother found living in deplorable conditions

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ANDERSON, Ind. (March 18, 2016)- An Anderson woman was arrested on neglect charges after medics found her and her 94-year-old mom living in deplorable conditions.

“Deplorable conditions would be a relatively mild way of putting it,” said Detective Joel Sandefur, with the Anderson Police Department.

On Thursday, officers say 68-year-old Katherine Harvey was the person who called to get help for her elderly mother, but medics say she needed to make that call months ago.

Police reports show the elderly woman had severe open bed sores on her legs, back, and her rear.  Some sores were as wide as five inches. Other sores were so deep you could see to the bone.  Doctors believe the wounds had been there for several weeks and said the victim suffers from dementia.

The 94-year-old woman was found with "fecal matter caked on her body."

“Very poor health, to the likes of medical staff members have said they have never found anyone, any patient in that condition before,” said Detective Sandefur.

Anderson officers discovered cat feces covering the floor of every room.  The Animal Protection League rescued more than a dozen cats from the home and believes there are even more. One dead cat was found underneath a couch.

“It’s bad enough the cats were in there but to think people were actually living and that somebody was at the end of their life and is living like this is pretty awful,” said Maleah Stringer, with the Animal Protection League.

According to the police report, when the first medic arrived on scene he noticed a bottle cap embedded on the victim’s back.  When the medic asked Harvey how long the imprint had been there she responded, "Why? Are you going to cause me a problem?"

Officers served a search warrant on another home Harvey owns just a couple doors down.  It’s believed no one was living there. At least four cats were rescued from that home.

 

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