FLINT, MI – A 47-year-old Flint man has been arraigned on charges of first-degree vulnerable adult abuse of his 67-year-old mother after authorities dispatched to a Flint home said they observed “deplorable” conditions inside the home, said Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.
Acting on a 911 medical call, sheriff’s paramedics responded to 524 Clinton St. Thursday, June 20.
After discovering a bathtub littered with used razors and old, tattered toilet paper rolls, floors covered with dog feces and garbage piled as high as five feet in bedrooms, authorities contacted the sheriff’s Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Prevention team, Pickell said in a press conference Tuesday, June 25
Amid the investigation, authorities identified George Gilbert Harper, 47, and his mother, Sharon Harper, 67, living at the home.
A detective arrested George Harper on an outstanding warrant of soliciting a prostitute out of Flint after he had attempted to flee the scene, Pickell said. Harper was arraigned on the soliciting charge on June 21. George Harper had moved in the home two months ago and had been his mother’s part-time caregiver, the sheriff said.
George Harper was arraigned on charges of first-degree vulnerable adult abuse — a 15-year felony — and resisting and obstructing police, a two-year felony. Harper was held on a $10,000 bond.
An attorney for George Harper was not listed in court records.
“I wonder, how many more women, men, elderly people, vulnerable adults are living in these kind of conditions?” Pickell said.
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