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State takes custody of woman in Moultrie elder abuse case

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The woman at the center of a disturbing case of elder abuse in Moultrie is now in the custody of the state.

In Probate Court, the state was awarded custody of 74 year old Christine Welch. The home where she lived with her two caretakers Royce Dillard, Junior and Tosha Chambers has been condemned.

The state will now take care of Welch's bill, relieving her family of the chore. Seven warrants for forgery were issued against 55-year old Royce Dillard, Junior.

Police say Dillard cashed seven of Christine Welch's checks. Welch never designated a payee. After, she was found living in horrible conditions, doctors had to amputate both her legs.


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