Sheriff: Brother, sister neglected mother, left her in own waste
SUMTER, S.C. (WACH) - Two Sumter siblings have been arrested and charged with the neglect of their mother, who is currently fighting for her life.
The arrest warrant states that on Thursday the medical staff at Palmetto Health Tuomey reported a neglected, vulnerable adult to law enforcement.
The 66-year-old victim was unconscious and suffered from several major wounds that the medical staff said were caused by the victim being left lying in her feces and urine for an undetermined amount of time.
The woman was suffering from dehydration, kidney failure, liver failure and several other major medical issues related to neglect, including diabetic wounds on her legs and feet that were also uncared for.
The investigation revealed that the victim lived with her two adult children, Teresa and Michael Choice, who were each in the hospital parking lot when law enforcement arrived.
The siblings were escorted to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office where they were interviewed.
While investigators were documenting the case and making entry into the residence, they found that the three were living in deplorable conditions.
Law enforcement was aware Teresa had two children, ages 8 and 12, who were living in the residence as well. DSS has removed the children from the home.
The home reportedly had no working bathrooms and feces were smeared on the walls and floors and sitting in buckets along a wall. Trash was throughout the residence and there was no edible food found in the home.
Medical personnel says the victim might not survive the neglect and that charges could be upgraded if that happens.
Chief Anthony Dennis says he has never seen anything this bad in his entire career, "this is by far the worst case of adult abuse or neglect that I have seen in my entire law enforcement career."