Father accused of neglecting disabled daughter appears in court

An Augusta man arrested on a charge of neglect of a disabled adult made his first court appearance Monday in Richmond County Magistrate Court.

William J. Simmons, 55, was arrested Jan. 11 after sheriff’s officers and a city code inspector found him and his disabled 23-year-old daughter living in a Carroll Road home in such a deplorable condition it was condemned. The daughter had no medicines, food or water. The house was without electricity.

According to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle, Simmons’ daughter is unable to walk and instead of a wheelchair, Simmons used a grocery cart to move her.

Judge Stephen Shepard was unable to consider bond for Simmons because the charge involves a crime against a family member. Simmons will have to ask a Superior Court judge for bond.