Three arrests were made in two cases after officers found that a pair of elderly people were being kept in shocking living conditions in Augusta.
Amelia Lynn Kelly, 32, was charged with keeping her mother-in-law at an unlivable home on Watkins Street, an arrest that came only after the victim turned up at University Hospital from sleeping in a bed covered in bed bugs. Nurses found her with over 30 bites on her body.
The home was infested with the bed bugs and had pots of moldy food on the stove and rooms so full of junk that you could not enter them. A deputy described it this way:
The kitchen had nearly a dozen plates of old rotting food, some with blue fuzzy mold on them. The kitchen floor was littered with old packaging and other garbage. Every counter and table surface was covered in dirty dishes or kitchen garbage. Both fridge and freezer had rotting food and insects in them. The laundry room floor was completely covered in dirty clothes. The master bedroom was junky with clothes and trash everywhere. The bed sheets were stained everywhere with blood spots. The back porch was covered in old food, packaging, and a greasy fry pan.
The home was condemned by code enforcement this week.
Kelly was charged with elderly neglect and deprivation of a minor, since she also had her 7-year-old daughter living there. Authorities say Kelly has been staying rent-free at her mother-in-law’s home.
The victim “coded” at the hospital on Monday and has been intubated and on dialysis.
In an unrelated case, Omar Sumpter and Carmon Housey were charged with elderly neglect for keeping Sumpter’s 60-year-old mother in horrible conditions on the 3100 block of Scenic Drive. An arrest warrant said they allowed the victim to “lay in a bed covered with feces, cockroaches in every room” and using an unclean catheter that was filled with fecal matter.
Here is what Deputy Eric Andrews found when the victim’s brother alerted authorities:
“I was able to observe (the victim) who was sitting in her wheelchair eating at the time of incident. It appeared (the victim) had feces on both of her hands as she was eating. (The victim) was unaware of the feces on her hands. I was able to observe the entire residence which included (the victim’s) bedroom that contained old feces on (the victim’s) bedroom sheets that appears to have been from her. Walking through the front door, I observed multiple cats inside the residence along with cat feces and cat urine on the entirety of the residence floor. I observed two cat litters filled with cat feces that carried a strong smell throughout the residence. I observed cockroaches and other insects throughout the residence in every room. I observed dirty dishes throughout the kitchen counter and kitchen sink along with cockroaches on the dishes. The situation, environment, and smell was so bad inside the residence that I had to excuse myself at one point to gag in the front yard.”
All three suspects remained in jail on Friday morning.
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