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Family Arrested After Woman In Their Care Found Alive But With Decomposing Legs

A woman was found alive on a bed, her legs crawling with maggots and cockroaches, surrounded by garbage. Her husband Terry Sorrell and their teen son Christian Sorrell was arrested. 

A woman’s decomposing legs were covered in maggots and cockroaches and she was still alive.

Last week, a local fire department was dispatched to a home in Sugar Hill, Georgia after a call that a woman was unconscious.

According to an incident report written by the Gwinnett County Police Department, obtained by Oxygen.com, that woman was found unconscious but alive in her bed, partially decomposed and turned black from rot.

“Maggots and roaches were attached to her and eating at her flesh,” the incident report states.

The same fire crew was at the home just one month ago, to transport the woman there from a nearby hospital. They had used a "Mega Mover," a tarp that used for moving obese patients. That tarp was still under the woman, covered in feces. The tarp, once white, was completely black and brown.

“The Gwinnett County Fire Department stated that they did not believe she would live much longer and felt a moral obligation to report this,” according to the incident report.

The woman’s husband Terry Sorrell, 54, and their son Christian Sorrell, 18, were supposed to be the woman’s caretakers.  Both have been charged with neglect of a disabled or elderly person. It’s unclear if they have lawyers who can speak on their behalf at this time. Christian reportedly told police that nobody in the family worked and they have been struggling financially.

Police called the condition of their home deplorable.

“When I first walked through the front door, I was overwhelmed with the smell of human feces and garbage,” the incident report states. “The patient’s bed was in the living room covered in plastic and feces and unknown liquid. Garbage lined the floor all the way to the kitchen. Inside of the kitchen was garbage piled from floor to almost ceiling. Roaches were crawling in every single room on the walls and ceiling.”

Additionally, there was a two-foot tall pile of ‘Monster Energy’ drink cans in one of the bedrooms.

[Photo: Gwinnett County Police]

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