Mold & maggots, Hephzibah couple facing Elderly Neglect charges

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HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WJBF) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two caregivers for the severe neglect of an elderly woman.

Breann Kimberly Murray and her fiancé Jacob Alexander Brigham, both of Hephzibah, were responsible for the care of Murray’s 78-year-old grandmother, Maria Murray.

According to the arrest warrant, Maria suffered from Alzheimer’s, a brain tumor and diabetes.

The incident report states that on Thursday at 2 a.m., Richmond County Deputies responded to the home located on the 2600 block of Corning Street in reference ‘elderly abuse’.

Due to the alleged neglect, the woman had mold growing on both hands, multiple wounds and bed sores filled with maggots; and bruises all over her body. The med unit assessing her also stated that her back was covered in a mix of bodily fluids, and that her spinal cord was showing through her skin.

Authorities found several prescriptions for the patient had not been filled.

Both Brigham and Breann told investigators that Maria was bed ridden and they had been taking care of her since Breann’s mother died a few years prior. They stated that a nurse from a company would previously come to check on Maria, but that she hadn’t been by since June of this year.

Brigham reportedly told investigators that Maria was bed ridden because she became ‘lazy’.

Maria was taken to AU Medical Center where she remains in unstable and critical condition.

Both are charged with Felony Neglect to a Disabled Adult, Elder Person, or Resident.

They are currently being held in the Richmond County Jail.

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