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Sheriff: Elder abuse case 'most disturbing' he's seen

Janet O'Malley (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Janet O'Malley (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Timothy O'Malley (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Timothy O'Malley (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Sheriff’s investigators say a woman taken to a Region 8 hospital had bedsores and rotting flesh. Now her daughter and son-in-law face abuse charges.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, Dec. 3, officials at White River Medical Center in Batesville called the Izard County Sheriff’s Office to report an unresponsive elderly woman brought to the hospital in “extreme condition.”

The woman had “several bedsores on her left shoulder, hip area and buttocks; rotting flesh on her feet; extremely dirty hair and was significantly dehydrated, lacking personal hygiene and a host of other problems related to neglect,” said Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

At the time, Lawrence said, it was questionable if the woman would survive.

An Adult Protective Services agent called to the hospital said the woman had been brought in unclothed with just a blanket covering her.

The woman’s “feet were covered with foam, duct tape and plastic grocery shopping bags.”

One observer said it appeared to be “gross purposeful neglect,” the sheriff said.

Lawrence added it was the “most disturbing” situation he has seen since becoming sheriff.

Later that same morning, sheriff’s deputies went to the Mt. Pleasant home where the victim had been living with relatives.

Lawrence said investigators found a “filthy” home filled with clutter. He called the conditions “deplorable,” noting there were “some 20 cats and some dogs throughout the house” which “smelled heavily of urine and feces.”

The sheriff called the home “unfit for human habitation.”

Deputies arrested 62-year-old Janet Mathea O’Malley and 65-year-old Timothy Michael O’Malley, both of Mt. Pleasant on a charge of abuse of an endangered or impaired person.

Timothy O’Malley reportedly told deputies that he was a retired paramedic captain from another state and that the bedridden victim had no medical attention in more than a year.

Both suspects are being held in lieu of $10,000 bond at the Izard County Detention Facility.

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