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Deputies: Mother Left Son Alone For Weeks
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 5, 2006

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA--A man with disabilities is recovering at a local hospital after his mother allegedly locked him alone inside her house and left him for dead.

Escambia County Sheriff's deputies, responding to a call from a worried neighbor, found 27-year-old Tony Turner inside the mobile home of his mother, Debbie Faye McGeorge, on March 24.

The doors and windows of the home had been nailed shut from the outside.

While authorities were not sure how long Turner had been abandoned, they estimated it from two to three weeks, based in part to the pile of mail in the mailbox dating back to March 8.

Mike Ward, a spokesperson with the Sheriff's Office, told the Associated Press that Turner was found wearing an adult diaper that had not been changed for several weeks.

Turner, who cannot talk, and has cerebral palsy and mental retardation, reportedly appeared malnourished, with open sores on both legs.

McGeorge, 46, was jailed last Thursday and charged with aggravated abuse of a disabled adult. She has a history of felony drug possession and petty theft charges. She is scheduled for a felony arraignment on April 21.

Neighbors told the Pensacola News Journal that they had heard Turner screaming for days inside the home, but that this was not unusual. They had assumed that his mother was still taking care of him.

"Woman charged with caging disabled son in mobile home" (Pensacola News Journal)


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