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Woman accused of elder abuse at illegal care home

ATHENS, Ga. – Authorities have arrested a woman after they say four elderly men were found living in deplorable conditions at an illegal care home in Athens.

Investigators said they found the men during a search of the home at 200 Landor Drive Thursday afternoon.

According to Athens-Clarke County Police, the four men didn't have access to bathroom facilities, didn't have any food and only had a few bottles of water. They were living in a basement and were forced to use the bathroom in five-gallon buckets. They weren't allowed to go upstairs. They were allowed to go in a backyard, but were prevented from leaving.

Authorities arrested Emma Heard and charged her with four counts of false imprisonment, one count of elder abuse and a felony count of operating an unlicensed personal care home.

Ronald McKinley said he's lived at the home for years and disputes the allegations against Heard.

"It's bogus," he said. McKinley showed 11Alive's La'Tasha Givens a deep freezer and refrigerator full of food.

Investigators said a former tenant of the facilities contacted them and told them the owner wouldn't allow him to gather his belongings.

Adult Protective Services has taken custody of the four men living in the basement. Two men living upstairs were not taken into custody.


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