Mableton, Ga. – A grand jury was called this past week and indicted two adult brothers on elder abuse and felony murder.
According to reports, they murdered their 65-year-old mother. They were responsible for caring for her as she suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. However, her sons have been accused of starving and dehydrating their mother to the point that “she was emaciated and only weighed 75 pounds.”
The two men have been kept in the Cobb County Jail and are being held without bond.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the first crime – elder abuse as it is written by Georgia Law.
Elder Abuse in Georgia
Elder Abuse in Georgia is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-5-101 as:
A guardian or other person supervising the welfare of or having immediate charge, control, or custody of a disabled adult, elder person, or resident commits the offense of neglect to a disabled adult, elder person, or resident when the person willfully deprives them of health care, shelter, or necessary sustenance to the extent that the health or well-being of such person is jeopardized.
To be found guilty of neglect to a disabled adult, elder person, or resident in Georgia, the State must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This involves showing that the person willfully deprived the victim of either health care, shelter, or necessary sustenance so much that their health or well-being was affected.
If you have been arrested in the state of Georgia, call a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney now. We are available to help you today.