Mum found dead in ‘deplorable conditions’ with ‘dirty clothes and cockroach infestation’ as father and daughter charged
A MAN and his daughter have been arrested for alleged elder abuse after a 72-year-old man was found dead in deplorable conditions, cops said.
Police noted a foul odor and an infestation of cockroaches after responding to the home where the body of 72-year-old Janice Ramsey Hawkins was found.
The woman’s husband, Walter Alfred Hawkins, 74, and daughter, Christy Lee Hawkins, 45, have been arrested and charged with elder abuse and neglect.
Walter Hawkins faces an additional charge of manslaughter.
The charges come after the body of Janice Hawkins was found on March 16 while her husband and daughter were present at the home. The living conditions prompted police to investigate the scene.
Valley Police Chief Mike Reynolds said the living room was cluttered and infested with cockroaches and stray animals.
“It was one of the most horrific cases I’ve seen in my time,” Reynolds said.
He added that it was obvious that the cats found inside the house were not using a litter box.
“The smell of ammonia, the feces were on the floor, cockroaches all over this house, and especially on the body itself.”
The husband and daughter were arrested more than a month later in connection with her death. Police said Janice’s husband was her carer, who called police the day she was found dead.
“Initially, when he called 911, he didn’t ask for an ambulance or the police. He called the coroner,” Reynolds said.
It was later revealed from an autopsy that Janice’s cause of death was “stunted growth” associated with complications from diabetes.
According to the police, the section on stunting lists the following reasons: malnutrition, sunken eyes and protruding ribs, dehydration as evidenced by the formation of skin tents and deplorable living conditions, dirty clothes, foul smell and infestation of cockroaches.
“Our detectives found that she hadn’t seen a doctor since 2019. And none of her medications had been renewed since 2018,” Reynolds said.
“We have been to this residence many times – I think over 40 times since 2014 and the majority of them were due to domestic violence,” he added.
The husband and daughter were both transported to the Chambers County Detention Center pending a bail hearing, a statement from the Valley Police Department read.
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