Woman, 98, dead by neglect; daughter's bond set at $3,000

The home where the alleged abuse took place.
The home where the alleged abuse took place.

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a 98-year-old woman neglected by her daughter died Tuesday morning. Inside the daughter's unheated home, they found inhospitable conditions.

According to police, Gloria Clark was supposed to be caring for her mother Anne Copeland in her George Street home, but that home care turned into neglect and abuse that led to Copeland's death.

In a hearing, Clark's bond was set at $3,000.  The bond had been previously reported to be $30,000 due to erroneous information supplied by the St. George Police Department.

Police were called to the home Monday after receiving several reports of elderly neglect at the home. When they arrived, they found a bed-ridden Copeland in the midst of unsanitary conditions.

"This is the worst I've seen in 17 years," said St. George Police Lt. Eric Bonnette. "The bedroom window was open so the odor of the decaying flesh from the wounds would leave the room."

Copeland had several bed sores on her left side. Clark said she had not turned her mother in over a week, police said. Her bed was soiled.

"There was no emotion really, just a bunch of excuses," said Bonnette.

The home was roach-infested and feces from a parrot were seen the house. When authorities tried to remove the parrot from its cage, it kept laughing and saying, "Help me! Help me! Help me!"

Clark has been charged with abuse and neglect resulting in the death of a person. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

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