The 51-year-old has been charged with first-degree criminal abuse, a Class C felony.
Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic details of ableism and abuse.
Michael Redmon of Frankfort has been arrested for allegedly leaving his wife Sherrie Redmon, 48, trapped inside his truck for five days. Michael, who is his wife's caretaker, had been charged with first-degree criminal abuse, a Class C felony. The State Journal reports that Sherrie had asked her husband to take her to the hospital on July 12, but instead Michael left her in the couple’s truck allegedly for five days and refused to take her out. The disabled wife was locked inside of a scorching hot pickup truck for nearly a week, resulting in her skin becoming stuck to the seat of the vehicle. The woman would not be taken to the hospital until Saturday, July 17. She was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center where staff needed the assistance of Frankfort EMS to get her out of the truck with the help of a medical lift because she was in the vehicle so long that “she was sticking to the seat,” according to authorities. The 51-year-old has been charged and is currently in the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $10,000 full-cash bond.
According to an arrest citation, the victim, Sherrie Redmon, told law enforcement her husband and caretaker, Michael Redmon, left her in a pickup truck since Monday, July 12 when she asked to be taken to the hospital. https://t.co/ldI17IGuF4— FOX 56 WDKY (@FOXLexington) July 20, 2021
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Sherrie is disabled and struggles with cognitive abilities, reports The Daily Mail. When nurses found Sherrie she was in a deplorable condition: she was covered in her own urine and feces. The situation was so bad that officials said human waste was leaking out of the passenger side door of the truck. The woman was also covered in sores that were so bad that her skin was "deteriorating" in places. The sheriff's office said gangrene had set in on several places across her body and that she also had several extreme open sores. "We responded to the hospital because they were so concerned about her body and the condition she was in," a spokesman for the sheriff's office told DailyMail.com. As of now, Sherrie is undergoing treatment at the hospital. A court date has not been set for her husband yet based on online records.
According to Disability Justice, neglect occurs when a caregiver fails to meet the needs of a person with disabilities. Chronic neglect can affect the person in the long term with respect to their physical, emotional and cognitive development and can further compromise the functioning of an individual with developmental disabilities. The Developmental Disabilities Act defines neglect as "A negligent act or omission by an individual responsible for providing services in a facility rendering care or treatment which caused, or may have caused, injury to an individual served or which placed an individual at risk of injury, and includes an act or omission such as the failure to carry out an appropriate individual program plan or treatment plan, failure to provide adequate nutrition, clothing or health care or the failure to provide a safe environment."
Disabled people are also more susceptible to abuse, and their abusers are typically people known to them—family members, relatives, caregivers, neighbors, or staff members assigned to support them. According to the National Center On Elder Abuse, at least 30% of adults who use Personal Assistance Service for daily living activities support have reported one or more types of mistreatment, including physical abuse, verbal abuse, and financial abuse.
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