A Charleston man, who police said admitted to being his mother’s caregiver, is charged with abusing and neglecting her.
Court documents state that Robert G. Wellman II, 37, of Elizabeth Street in Charleston, was arrested on July 7 around 9:30 a.m.
An officer was called to the apartment complex where Wellman and his mother were living to investigate a complaint regarding the neglect of an adult.
The criminal complaint goes on to read when officers walked inside of the apartment, they “noticed a predominant trail of human fecal matter that ended at the front door and started at the couch in the living room. The trail proceeded in the bathroom, kitchen, and then into the only bedroom.”
Police located the victim in the case on the couch in the living room. She was, according to police, covered in a “massive amount” of her own fecal matter, and rotted food. She was completely incapacitated and immobile.
The victim told police that she was fine and didn’t need help, but also couldn’t answer questions about where she was or what day it was. She was unable to move her legs when asked to do so.
As a result of the findings, those court documents state that the victim was involuntarily transported to the hospital for further medical evaluation.
While speaking to Wellman, police said he believed his mother fell and broke her hip a couple of weeks prior. He also said he did not call for any kind of assistance because he had warrants and did not want to go to jail.
Wellman told police that the apartment in which they had been living had been in that state for almost a year, but he had not requested any kind of medical, patient care, or assistance.
Wellman is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult.
He was transported to Southcentral Regional Jail on a $20,000, cash only bond.