Two arrested in personal care home investigation

Two people are in jail facing charges of neglect of the elderly and more charges could be added as a result of an investigation by the city’s new personal care home investigative unit, C.A.V.E.

 

Paul D. Livingston, 61, was arrested Thursday and Margaret Freeman, 60, was taken into custody Sunday after an investigation of complaints of elderly and disabled residents being abused and neglected at a series of addresses associated with Freeman, who is the administrator of the Joshua House 3 personal care home at 2542 C Milledgeville Road.

When members of the Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly arrived at the Milledgeville Road home Tuesday, Freeman and Livingston arrived in a vehicle filled with people, according to a press release by William Loomer, the district attorney’s investigator heading the C.A.V.E. task force. The pair fled the scene.

An inspection of Joshua House 3 found a number of defects including that the toilet had been duct taped shut. The residents were also left under the supervision of a resident with the mentality of a child, according to the release.

While Freeman told investigators she was on her way back to the home, she never showed. When investigators returned they found the personal care home vacated.

Investigators followed leads to find 13 residents who were physically or mentally disabled stashed in various hotels in the area. According to the press release, residents were found without any supervision, money, food or prescribed medications. Some had been left in rooms for more the 12 hours, sitting in their own urine. Livington, who was allegedly caught in the act of trying to drop additional residents at a Gordon Highway motel, told investigators that while they had paid for two nights he didn’t know what would have happened with the residents after that time, according to the release.

C.A.V.E. members found two other residents at a dilapidated, insect-infested house in the 1900 block of Wrightsboro Road. The house had no furniture or air conditioning.

All of the residents found were transferred to approved facilities.

Freeman is suspected of operating unlicensed personal care homes on Juniper Drive and Sibley Road, according to the press release.

According to the most recent inspection reports of Joshua Home 3, a review of one resident’s record of medications did not include a diuretic that the resident was being given. Also, the medication records of four of five residents listed medication as being given on Jan. 4 though the residents had not received them.

Bond has not yet been set for Freeman and Livingston.

Reach Sandy Hodson at sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

To report suspected abuse or neglect of residents of personal care homes, you can contact the new investigative unit at pchtaskforce@augustaga.gov

 

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