Jackson County authorities have charged a 58-year-old Independence man with elder abuse for allegedly allowing his wife to remain in a recliner for several days in squalid conditions.
Gary R. Raps faces one count of second-degree elder abuse after Independence police were summoned Sunday to Centerpoint Hospital regarding a patient who appeared to have been neglected.
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According to court records, Raps told police that his 73-year-old wife had become ill and remained seated in a recliner for several days. Emergency room personnel said the woman was in critical condition, weighed approximately 70 pounds and had severe bedsores on her buttocks and legs. The woman’s hair was matted and she had a yeast infection underneath a breast.
Police went to the couple’s residence in the 1000 block of South Cedar Avenue and found the recliner covered in feces and urine, according to court records. Officers also noticed roaches, maggots, flies and what appeared to be fly larva covering the chair and its surroundings. The entire house was cluttered and infested with roaches and flies.
Raps told police that his wife became immobile and stop conversing. He admitted several times he should have helped her and called someone for help. However, Raps said that he though his wife would get better on her own, but her condition became so severe he gave up on her and didn’t know what to do, according to court records.
Raps told police that on three occasions, he tried to clean up his wife by changing her clothes and wiping her with a towel. Raps also said that he was aware of the bug infestation and knew it was not normal, according to court records.
Prosecutors have requested a $100,000 bond for Raps.