The Richmond Register

June 19, 2013

RPD: Son kept mother in filthy, insect-infested home

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Police have charged a Richmond man with adult neglect after finding his mother living in a filthy apartment that had containers overflowing with human waste and infested with lice and bedbugs.

Albert Chaffins, 39, of McDougal Avenue, was arrested Monday after Richmond police performed a welfare check at the apartment after receiving a report that Chaffins’ mother was being neglected.

When officers arrived, they reported noticing a smell of trash and feces emanating from the apartment, according to an RPD news release.

The officers entered the apartment and found that the water had been turned off. There also was no air conditioning, the report stated.

Chaffins told police he was his mother’s caretaker. The officers reported the woman is in her 60s and suffers from “significant and numerous health problems, including restricted mobility,” according to the report.

“Officers further observed that all of the toilets in the residence were filled with human feces and urine; the mother’s bedside toilet was filled with feces and urine; there were dog feces and insects on all levels of the residence; and several bottles and a large jug filled with urine were about the premises,” the report stated. “The mother had several sores, scabs, bruises, rashes and what appeared to be bug or insect bites on her body that had not been medically treated in any fashion.”

Adult protective services removed the mother from the apartment, and she was taken to Baptist Health Richmond for treatment. An exam showed she had head and body lice, and bed bugs on her body.

Chaffins was taken to the Madison County Detention Center where he remained Wednesday afternoon under a $10,000 bond.