Elderly woman left in chair 'several days,' daughter charged

Elderly woman left in chair 'several days,' daughter charged

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould woman faces endangerment charges after police say she left her ill 84-year-old mother sitting in her own feces and urine for days.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, officers arrested Paula Anne Gallacher, 60, after an Adult Protective Services worker called to report possible abuse and neglect at a home in the 5400-block of Maple Street.

When officers arrived, they found Gallacher's mother sitting unresponsive in a recliner in the living room, according to the incident report.

The 84-year-old victim "had urinated and defecated on herself and appeared to have been that way for several days," court documents stated.

Due to her elevated blood pressure, the APS worker believed the elderly woman had suffered a stroke.

Officers called an ambulance to take her to the hospital.

When they questioned Gallacher, she said her mother had "been in that condition for three days and had not eaten," the affidavit stated.

Gallacher also reportedly admitted that during that time she had not given her mother her medicine and had not contacted a doctor.

Officers "noted that [Gallacher] appeared to be heavily under the influence of intoxicants, suspected to be narcotic in nature, to the point she was incapable of properly caring for [the victim]," the court documents said.

Greene County District Judge Dan Stidham found probable cause to charge Gallacher with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person in the first degree.

He set her bond at $250,000 and issued a no-contact order with the victim.

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