Lorain: Son charged with abusing, neglecting elderly mother

5:08 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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LORAIN -- Police went to a Delaware Avenue home after a neighbor said the man there was abusing his mother, beating her and threatening her.

Police ended up arresting and charging Steven Craig Whitman, 51, with domestic violence, patient abuse and neglect and failure to provide for a functionally impaired person.

He was taken to Lorain County Jail.

His mother, Janet Whitman, 70, was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center and later transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Police said the conditions inside the home were deplorable and the elderly woman was found suffering from a broken arm and injured hip, and covered in urine, feces and spilled food.

A doctor at Mercy said it appeared she had been neglected for days or weeks, had open sores and swelling.

Police found the elderly woman sitting in a chair with several bruises on her face, neck and cheek. Whitman denied beating his mother.

Police called LifeCare and they took her to Mercy where it was determined that she had been neglected for weeks.          


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