The mother and stepfather of a severely disabled 19-year-old who was found dead Saturday have been charged with neglect of a disabled adult or elderly person.
Carlissa Malone, 40, and Roger E. Malone, 47, made their first court appearances Wednesday in Richmond County Magistrate Court.
The sheriff and coroner were called to a home Saturday afternoon in the 2800 block of Lumpkin Road to see about an unresponsive male, according to the sheriff’s office incident report. Deputy Coroner Albert Boudy called for a sheriff’s investigator after viewing the body of Johnny McFadden.
District Attorney Natalie Paine also went to the Lumpkin Road residence. McFadden, who was completely dependent for all care, had significant bed sores and he appeared to be malnourished, she said. Medical records indicated he had not been to a doctor’s office since July, and prescriptions have gone unfilled since March, Paine said.
Two younger children were in the home where there was no food, Paine said.
The residence was unsanitary and infested with cockroaches, according to the sheriff’s report.
Coroner Mark Bowen said McFadden’s body has been sent to Atlanta for autopsy. The cause of death is pending the return of the results.
According to the arrest warrants against the Malones, they are accused of failing to provide health care for McFadden. Because the magistrate judge was unable to set bond for the Malones, they will remain in jail pending bond hearings in Superior Court.
According to court records in the Augusta Judicial Circuit, Carlissa Malone has no prior felony conviction. Her husband has misdemeanor and felony convictions for family violence battery in 2002, and another misdemeanor family violence battery conviction in 2005.
Carlissa Malone applied for a temporary order of protection in 2016 against her husband. A mutual order of protection was granted in November 2016.
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