Arrest made after elderly woman found tied up

Arrest made after elderly woman found tied up
Elaine Wilson
Elaine Wilson

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A shocking case of suspected elder abuse is uncovered by a Meals on Wheels volunteer. An 87-year-old Thomasville woman is in the hospital after police say she was tied up by her caretaker, who is also a relative.

A Meals on Wheels volunteer in Thomasville was on his normal route, taking meals to homes on Monday, but this time, something was different. TPD Sgt. Maurice Holmes said, "He knocked on the door, and he heard a female voice inside screaming for help."

Georgia Evans was inside. The volunteer called 911. Sergeant Maurice Holmes says what officers saw next was heartbreaking. "She was bound with sheets around her waist and around her arm area.  She was confided to a corner of the house," said Holmes.

Officers arrested Sandra Wilson, Evans' caretaker, and more importantly, her granddaughter. "The investigation determined that the person who was her caretaker had left to run errands," said Holmes.

Sowega Council on Aging Representative Elaine Wilson says elder abuse similar to this happens more often that we think. Taking action could save someone's life.

"Report.  Report, report, report.  Even if you don't have all of the facts, if you just suspect that abuse is occurring, report," Elaine Wilson said.

Wilson was charged with felony elder abuse.

She was released from the Thomas County Jail on a $1,100 bond.

If you suspect elder and/or disabled adult abuse in a private home, call Adult Protective Services at 866-552-4462.

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