Bond reduced for assisted-living facility operator charged with neglect

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge reduced bond on Thursday for the director of a North Charleston assisted-living facility accused of neglecting residents.

A judge lowered 68-year-old Andrea Magwood's bond from $250,000 to $25,000 as her preliminary hearing was also waived, said Ninth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Larry Todd.

Magwood, operator of Fair Havens Manor at 1917 Cosgrove Avenue, is charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult. She was arrested by North Charleston Police Department officers during a search and seizure operation at the facility on Apr. 12.

According to an incident report, an official with the South Carolina Governor's Office of Ombudsman contacted police on Apr. 5 in regards to the neglect. That official told police that one of the residents at the facility was in such poor health when she found him, he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

At the hospital, medical staff informed authorities the man was severely dehydrated and suffering from malnutrition, along with having a subdural hematoma on the back of his head that may need surgery.

The Department of Health and Human Services says 13 people who were living at the facility at the time of the search on Apr. 12 were transported to MUSC to receive a full medical screening.

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