Woman Charged with Abusing Mentally Challenged Brother

Woman Charged with Abusing Mentally Challenged Brother

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of abuse and neglect.

On Thursday, May 16, 2013 Mobile County Sheriff's office was called to a home where an elderly man, Byrd Bunkley, Jr., was being cared for by his sister Yolanda Thurman.

A family member of Bunkley went by to check on him and discovered terrible living conditions and contacted the County EMS. When EMS arrived at the home, Thurman would not allow them inside her home.

EMS contacted the Mobile County Sheriff's Office. When deputies arrived at the home, they found Bunkley to have bed sores, severe malnutrition and a foul odor coming from the bedroom.

He was taken to a local hospital where medical staff says he could have died if deputies had not arrived.

"The home was in such poor condition and Mr. Bunkley was laying in his own feces with bed sores all over his body," said Lt. Paul Burch.

He added, " I do believe we saved his life".

 

Byrd Bunkley does have some mental and physical disabilities and needs 24-hour care.

Yolanda Thurman is being charged with elderly abuse and neglect, a Class B Felony.

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