An Augusta woman accused of neglecting a 66-year-old man found crawling naked on the ground made her first court appearance Tuesday.
Brenda A. Cummings, 63, was arrested Saturday night when she returned to the Belmont Avenue home where she was paid to take care of the man. Deputy Brandon Crawford found him incoherent and crawling on the ground around 6 p.m. Saturday as temperatures fell into the 30s.
Crawford entered the man’s apartment through an unlocked back door and found the home reeking of urine and in an unlivable condition, according to the sheriff’s incident report. There was no food in the refrigerator or freezer. The man’s mattress was saturated in urine and feces, according to the report.
An ambulance transported the man to AU Medical Center. Officers were advised that because of the severity of his health, he was expected to spend at least five days in the hospital. The hospital staff contacted Adult Protective Services.
When officers were at the man’s Belmont Avenue home, Cummings arrived and told deputies she was his caregiver. According to the incident report, Cummings said she gave him his medicine and changed him Saturday morning.
On Tuesday in Richmond County Magistrate Court, Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen set a $15,000 bond after finding she had no felony history.
Defense attorney Isabella Levy said Cummings has four grown children and lived on Social Security.
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