A judge set a $100,000 bond on Wednesday for a Hephzibah woman facing a murder charge in the death of her severely disabled son.
Angela Mercer, 43, initially was charged with concealing a death after Richmond County sheriff’s deputies found the mummified body of her son, 23-year-old Robin Adams Jr.
After extensive investigation by medical examiners in Georgia and Tennessee, Mercer was indicted last month on a felony murder charge of murder by medical neglect.
Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said Wednesday during the Richmond County Superior Court bond hearing that concerned
family members discovered Adams’ body on Oct. 12 and called the sheriff’s office.
Adams had been unable to walk, talk or take any action on his own because of genetic and medical conditions, Myers said. He was completely dependent on his mother.
Autopsies revealed Adams’ remains weighed 12 pounds. At the time he died – an exact time cannot to determined – Adams wore only a soiled adult diaper, Myers said. The medical examiners reported he died of severe malnutrition and that he suffered from advanced dental decay that would have made chewing excruciatingly painful, he said. Investigators believe his last medical treatment was in 2004.
Adams’ medical condition would not account for the severe malnutrition and he could have lived a normal life span with proper care, Myers said.
When questioned, Mercer told investigators that Adams died in February 2012 and she didn’t tell anyone because she was afraid she would be blamed, Myers said. She continued to cash
Adams’ Social Security disability checks.
Public defender Katherine Mason asked Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet to set bond for Mercer because she needs her help with the extensive trial preparation that will be necessary. Mercer has no previous felony record, and her family was willing to help her post bond, Mason said.
At the prosecutor’s request, Overstreet added a special condition: Mercer will not be allowed to work as a health care assistant.