WAXHAW, N.C. — A Waxhaw man is facing felony abuse and neglect charges after police say they found the man’s 89-year-old mother in horrific living conditions.
According to WSOC, a teller at their bank first alerted them to the alleged abuse after Mark May brought his elderly mother into the bank in January and she was too weak to leave the car.
The teller then called 911 and told the dispatcher, “She’s in really, really bad health, but the last few weeks have been a whole lot worse.”
Investigators said the teller had been monitoring the elderly woman’s health as May had been repeatedly bringing her to the bank to withdraw thousands of dollars of cash from his mother’s accounts.
“Mr. May has some drug issues. He apparently has become addicted to heroin and he was spending every last dime he could get,” Detective Bobby Haulk with Waxhaw police told WSOC.
Police later performed a welfare check and discovered the woman had been left alone in horrific living conditions.
“She couldn’t get off the couch. She was lying in her own feces, couldn’t get her medication. Dishes were piled everywhere, trash,” Haulk said.
An ambulance took the woman to the hospital where she was treated for severe dehydration. Investigators said she weighed just 87 pounds.
Police said after they removed the woman from her home, May disappeared until last Thursday. An officer spotted him in Charlotte and made an arrest on the outstanding felony abuse and neglect warrant.
May is in the Union County jail.