ALBANY — Two brothers left their 81-year-old mother in conditions described at times as abominable, terrible and beyond filthy by Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Craig Dodd.
Verma Patterson Walker, a retired teacher, was found by emergency medical personnel Nov. 7 after one brother called because he thought she was dead, Dodd said. “I have never seen anyone that looked that bad in person who wasn’t dead,” Dodd said.
Walker is in critical condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital said a hospital spokeswoman..
The brothers — Vernon West, 59, and Roderick West, 55 — are being held in the Dougherty County Jail with no bail available, according to the jail’s automated answering system. They are charged with cruelty to a person over 65 years old and have no bond, the system stated.
“The granddaughter moved out about a month and a half ago. It looks like she has not been fed or bathed in a month and a half,” Dodd said. “She had ants and maggots crawling in her ulcers and bedsores. There was feces in her room. It was beyond filthy. The rest of the house looked fairly clean.”
According to Dodd, the brothers’ excuse was that they exercised “poor judgment” in taking care of their mother in her Betty’s Drive home.
Deputies are investigating the brothers’ financial situation with an eye as to whether they took money from their mother, Dodd said.
The case will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, he added.