A Chattooga County couple was arrested in connection with a shocking case of neglect towards an elderly family member.
A Williams Shortcut Road, Trion couple has been charged after their landlord called the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department because he suspected that an elderly woman was not receiving the care that she needed. The landlord told a responding deputy that the house had the water shut off.
When a deputy arrived on the scene, he talked with the brother of the man who lived at the residence. The brother told the deputy that the couple had borrowed his car and he was there to look after the elderly woman while they were gone. When the deputy entered the house, sacks of trash were everywhere and there was a strong odor of dog feces throughout the house.
When the deputy entered the room where the elderly lady was staying, he observed roaches crawling around the woman. The deputy said there was so much dog feces on the floor, he found it difficult to keep his footing.
While the deputy was speaking to the woman, the couple who were in charge of caring for her came home. After questioning the elderly woman, the deputy placed Mary Odell and Erby Odell under arrest for cruelty to an elderly person.
The deputy stated, “The whole time I was there from I noticed that neither Mr. Odell or his wife Mary Odell was worried about (the elderly woman); they were more worried about their dogs and if they were going to jail, what they were going to do about the animals.”
The elderly lady was taken by Redmond EMS for medical treatment.