South Carolina Man Charged With Elder Abuse After Mother Dies of Severe Bed Sores

By Nursing Home Law Center

Elder Abuse

A South Carolina man has been arrested and charged with elder abuse, after his mother died of complications from severebed sores , Columbia-based WLTX-TV reports.

Eddie Williams, 57, was the primary caregiver for 75-year-old Geneva Roberson, according to WLTX. On March 25, authorities found Roberson trapped in Williams’ home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Columbia. Roberson had several abrasions on her upper and lower body, and appeared to be suffering from dementia, Richland County deputies said. Roberson died on May 16, after being placed in a Sumter County nursing home by social workers.

A report from the Richland County Coroner’s office indicated that Roberson’s wounds were easily preventable, had she been given proper care. The report said that, along with severe decubitus ulcers, Roberson suffered from neglect, malnourishment, and end stage dementia.

“No vulnerable person should be cared for in such a way that Williams did”, said Gary Lott, the Richland County coroner, in a report from

Williams was taken into custody at his attorney’s office on June 1. A posting from JP Holley Funeral Home in Columbia indicates Williams was one of Roberson’s two grown sons.

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