NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge issued a $250,000 bond to the director of a North Charleston assisted-living facility who allegedly neglected residents during court Friday.
Andrea Magwood, 68, is charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult.
After the bond was set, Magwood's attorney blamed the news media for sensationalizing the case.
"You played it up on the TV stations, and what this is effectively is a penalty before trial, to have a $200,000 bond. It is ridiculous," said Anthony O'Neill.
"She is a faithful church member, she works hard in the church in all areas, and I am just devastated at all of this," said Magwood's priest, Reverend Ted Lewis.
North Charleston Police Department officers arrested Magwood at Fair Havens Manor at 1917 Cosgrove Avenue on Thursday morning.
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 home was shut down by noon on Thursday. The Department of Health and Human Services says 13 people who were living at the facility were transported to MUSC to receive a full medical screening.
Officials say MUSC will determine if the 13 need to be hospitalized or sent to another facility.
"When you put your family member in a place, you're thinking they're going to get treated good, and it turned out evidentially it's not," said Arthuree Taylor, whose 63-year-old brother is a resident at the nursing home.
"You think a lady like this is getting a check for everybody a month. She's probably bringing in about $13,000 a month, and the place shouldn't even look like this," said Taylor's sister, Jackie Jackson.
It is not the first time Magwood has been charged with this crime. According to records, she was arrested in 2004 on the same charge at that same facility. At the time, the facility was called Genesis Community Center.
Several of the residents at the facility were treated by EMS on Thursday.