Sunday, December 14, 2014

Alzheimer's patient with open wounds found suffering in blood, filth, police said

A Volusia County man was arrested Monday after his 82-year-old mother was found with open wounds, exposed bones and insects in a bed covered in blood and human waste.

Jeffrey Andrews, 44, told officers his mother suffered from Alzheimer's and he was her only caregiver, according to Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety officers.

Jeffrey Andrews
Andrews was charged with aggravated neglect of an elderly person causing great bodily harm — a second-degree felony.

He was being held today in the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, where he was being held on a $10,000 bond.

First responders were called to the Sage 'n Sand Motel on S. Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores after getting a report of an elderly woman in need of medical assistance.

They found the woman in a bed covered in blood, urine and feces, according to a report from Sgt. Michael Fowler with the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety.

"She was suffering from multiple open wounds that were so severe her bones could be seen and flies were crawling through them," the report said.

Andrews said he had been treating the wounds with baby wipes and an antibacterial gel, but admitted he hadn't seen some of them for days, according to police.

"When asked how the wounds had been so neglected he said, "Give me a break, I've been looking online to see how to treat them,'" the report quoted him as saying.

He told officers he didn't immediately call for medical help because he wanted to clean her up first, the report added.

"The deplorable conditions worsened when the woman was removed from the bed,'' the report said.

"There was a permanent [indentation] in the mattress in the shape of her body and what appeared to be dried feces near where her face had laid."

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Alzheimer's patient with open wounds found suffering in blood, filth, police said


Carson said...

We don't know, but he may have been doing the best he could.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like the son's to blame, but do we know if he's tried to get help from any agencies?

Wondering said...

He had her in a motel. Was she left there all day with no supervision?

Junebug said...

I think he just was in over his head and it went from bad to worse.