Dearl Love, a 76-year-old man who suffers from dementia, has been the focus of concern by town residents ever since they found him wandering the streets, starving and without his medication. Residents said they've been taking care of him, paying for his water, food and medicine, and they accused his family of ignoring him.
When Love's sister in law, Jewel Love, and her family came to start removing farming equipment from Love's former home, they got an earful from residents.
"The whole time he was here by himself, walking the road, trying to find something to eat, waking these people up at 5 in the morning because he was starving."
Residents like Leigh Anne Lee said they picked up the tab, paying his bills. Even the town diner fed him meals while neighbors tried to contact his family.
Jewel Love said her brother-in-law was never left neglected. "Dearl was never left hungry. Never. I was down here every day, whether they say I wasn't or not, I was."
Jewel Love said that many days, Dearl would be missing when she came to visit. The sheriff's department has no records of him ever being reported missing.
She said residents protested the removal of the farming equipment because they want it. The residents said the only thing they want is guardianship and to make sure Dearl Love is taken care of. They plan to go to court to obtain guardianship.
Residents Confront Family Over Elderly Man's Alleged Neglect