Woman charged after man found emaciated

LUMBERTON — A 43-year-old woman has been charged with abusing a 65-year-old person in her care who was found malnourished, emaciated, in his own feces and with maggots on him.

Lovia George is charged with felony domestic abuse of a disabled or elder adult resulting in serious injury, and domestic neglect of a disabled or elder adult resulting in serious injury, according to police Lt. Vernon Johnson.

The Robesonian has elected not to identify the elderly person by name, but he is related to George.

She was placed in the county jail under at $25,000 bond.

According to Johnson, Lumberton police responding to a call went to a home on the 800 block of Old Whiteville Road on Saturday at 2:32 p.m. and found the man in his bed.

He was taken by ambulance to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in what the report characterized as a “serious” condition. He was later transferred to an undisclosed hospital for further treatment.

Lumberton police investigators were assisted by Erich Hackney, an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

“(He) was in severe state of emaciation. The preliminary investigation revealed that (he) had been in his own feces for three days and only had water to drink during those three days,” Hackney said. “While hospital staff were trying to remove the feces, pieces of George’s skin came off. Maggots were also discovered during treatment.”

George is facing class F and G felony charges and could face, dependent on her criminal history, a minimum of two years and a maximum of nine years in prison.

George made her first court appearance on Monday. She is scheduled back in court July 30.

By Annick Joseph

staff writer

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