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Augusta Man Dies After Coming to ER with Electrical Tape on Legs; Daughter Faces More Charges

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An Augusta man who was neglected by his daughter and lost 88 pounds has died from his injuries, almost guaranteeing additional charges in the neglect case.

Bobby Laws, 62, died Wednesday afternoon at Augusta University Medical Center. He was admitted to the Emergency Room with electrical tape around his legs, multiple lacerations, stage 4 pressure ulcers and emaciated, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

Laws was living with his daughter Dianna Laws on the 3000 block of Deans Bridge Road at the time of the incident. Additional charges are likely.

Earlier Story from Dec. 10: 

An Augusta woman was charged with elderly neglect after her father showed up at the hospital weighing 66 pounds with maggots in his wounds.

Dianna Laws, 38, was allegedly serving as caregiver for her father, identified as 62-year-old Bobby Laws, who is in critical condition at Augusta University Medical Center.

The victim weighed 154 pounds when he left the hospital in July, according to a sheriff’s report. But he returned on Sunday after losing 88 pounds.

Laws is accused of depriving him of his needs and causing lacerations that had maggots in them.

“The Criminal Investigation Division has been diligently investigating this case,” a press release says. “Dianna Laws has been committed to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on two felony charges – Neglect to a Disabled Adult, Elder, or Resident and Exploitation of an Elderly or Disabled Person.”

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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