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New Port Richey man charged with elder abuse


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Authorities arrested a New Port Richey man Saturday and charged him with neglecting an elderly woman in his care.

Charles Alexander Lyerly, 54, was charged with abuse of the elderly after his arrest this weekend.

On Friday, 93-year-old Marion Baldwin was admitted to Medical Center of Trinity with two broken ribs suffered in an incident on Wednesday.

When she was evaluated, it was also discovered the feeding tube inserted into her stomach was filled with a black substance and the area around it was infected, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

Baldwin had not been bathed for about a week. Her eyes were crusted shut; her lips had a flaky, caked appearance, an arrest report said.

Lyerly was hired to be Baldwin’s caregiver and had lived in her 5923 Florida Ave. home in New Port Richey for about two years, deputies said.

On Saturday, while Lyerly was in Baldwin’s hospital room, a nurse observed Lyerly holding the oxygen mask Baldwin wore to help her breath. When ordered by a nurse to place the mask back on Baldwin’s face, he refused, the report said.

Lyerly began shouting at the nurse and other staff members prompting security to be called to the room. At some point, Lyerly called authorities, accusing the hospital staff of neglect.

He told authorities he was in another room in the house when Baldwin fell, injuring her ribs, while attempting to use the bathroom, the report said. Lyerly said he called fire rescue when she continued to complain about her injuries two days later.

Lyerly was arrested and charged with abuse of the elderly. He was released from the Land O’ Lakes Jail Sunday after posting a $5,000 bond.

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