NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 69-year-old woman who was supposed to be looking after her elderly mother has been arrested after it was discovered she left her mother living in deplorable conditions for five years while emptying out her bank account, court records state.
Charlotte Broomfield was arrested Thursday and charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
According to an affidavit, Broomfield obtained Power of Attorney over her mother's health care and finances on March 18, 2008 due to ongoing health problems that prevented her mother from managing her own affairs.
Records state Broomfield let the victim's residence on Jonah Street in North Charleston "fall in such disrepair that is was condemned by North Charleston Code Enforcement."
Due to the condition of the residence, officials say the victim was removed from the home by the Department of Social Services, who assisted in paying the victim's overdue utility bills and notified police.
An investigation by the North Charleston Police Department revealed Broomfield was making several cash withdrawals from the victim's bank account that amounted to almost all the money her mother was receiving for Social Security. Broomfield told police she was using the money to pay the victim's utility bills, but could not produce receipts and the bills were overdue.
Records state Broomfield admitted to detectives that she herself would not live in the conditions her mother was living in.
Court documents state the exploitation began on March 18, 2008 and did not stop until August 31, 2013.
Broomfield is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center. Her bond was set at $50,000.