The son of an 89-year-old woman is now facing charges in connection with an elderly abuse case.
Jimmy Richard Hendrix, 51, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with elder abuse after authorities checked out his residence on Monday.
According to police, Hendrix's mother was reportedly left alone in her home on 12 Cherokee St. for several days at a time, although she needs daily care. Hendrix, a truck driver, would ask neighbors to check in on her while he was away, according to Sgt. Chris Robinson with the Newnan Police Department.
“This is a case of repeated, ongoing neglect,” Robinson said. “It’s been an ongoing issue at this residence, so we had to step in and do something before it was too late.”
On Monday, a constable attempted to serve civil papers at the residence when he came in contact with the victim, who explained Hendrix had failed to take care of her or give her money, according to the police report.
When police arrived, Hendrix allegedly stated he was doing the best he could, but needed help caring for his mother.
Hendrix also admitted to leaving his mother unattended for days at a time, stating she needs assistance with daily care, eating and drinking, according to the report.
Police said utilities at the house have been routinely disconnected because of failure to pay, and Hendrix allegedly takes the victim’s monthly income.
In a phone call to a local nursing home Monday, Hendrix allegedly left a message stating he wanted more information about putting his mother in the facility.
However, Hendrix failed to disconnect the line after leaving the message and is subsequently overheard telling his mother to convince police she doesn’t want to go to the home and he needs her monthly check to pay his bills, according to the report.
A representative from the facility later turned the voice message over to police, according to Robinson.
“When the victim is alone, she will admit to the ongoing neglect, but when her son is present, she says exactly what he wants her to say,” Robinson said. “These kinds of cases are similar to a domestic violence case – you can’t force her to go anywhere.”
Hendrix is currently charged with elder abuse and is being held at the Coweta County Jail on a $57,000 bond. The victim remains under the care of adult protection services, according to police.
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