An elderly woman in Georgia was allegedly barricaded inside a room filled with feces and urine by her own daughter and son-in-law, who provided her with no food or water. Katie Son and Christopher Huynh were arrested and charged with cruelty to an elderly person according to an NBC affiliate WXIA-TV.
Gwinnett County police said both suspects drive luxury cars and live in a nice home. The daughter, according to the report, has more than 200 pairs of shoes. But, they didn’t seem to care for her mother, 86-year-old Bong Le.
“They actually barricaded her with furniture into one particular room of the home,” Corporal Deon Washington said. “She wasn’t allowed to go into the kitchen and she wasn’t allowed to go into the common area of the home.”
[Gwinnett County Police Department]
Neighbors called police in late May after finding Le wrapped in a blanket smelling like urine and feces, sitting on the ground two blocks from home, according to WSB-TV. When those neighbors brought her home, they noticed strong smells of human odor from the house.
Police said they didn’t find any food or water for the 86-year-old. Son and Huynh allegedly told police they left the house at 9 a.m. every day and didn’t come until after 6 p.m. Le would be trapped and alone during that time.
The smell of urine and feces was apparently so strong that the two suspects kept a towel underneath their bedroom door so the odor didn’t come into their room, according to the NBC affiliate report. Police removed Le from the home.
Son has denied the accusations. She and Huynh reportedly told WSB-Atlanta that they were just trying to protect the woman from herself.