Authorities say the wife and the daughter of a Daleville man have been charged with neglecting and abusing him while he was in their care, in addition to animal cruelty.
Stephanie Jeter, 42, and her daughter Lauren, 20, were each charged with one count of neglect and abuse of an elderly adult and one count of animal cruelty.
According to Daleville Police Chief Harvey Mathis, an officer performing a welfare check on a 52-year-old man with special needs last week discovered him living in unsanitary living conditions, which included dog feces throughout the residence.
Mathis said the man said he was fed soup once a day, had been physically assaulted and did not receive medications he had been prescribed, and that the man did not have access to a telephone.
Mathis said a Pomeranian found in the residence had feces matted about its body and appeared not to have been groomed in some time.
Mathis said both Stephanie and Lauren Jeter were placed in the Dale County Jail. The animal cruelty charge the Jeters face is a misdemeanor, while a felony neglect and abuse of an elderly person conviction in Alabama can result in at least a year in a state prison.
Mathis said the Department of Human Resources also investigated the incident. He encouraged residents concerned for the welfare of an elderly or special needs adult to report the suspicions to local law enforcement.
“Had this incident not been reported by someone concerned with Mr. Jeter’s care, then he could still be enduring suffering at this moment,” Mathis said Monday.
“He was at the mercy of his family and whether or not they chose to provide his care. We have no tolerance for people that abuse those that can’t fend for themselves.”