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Neglected elder

DA: Son failed to get care for mother


A 46-year-old Purcell man is free on $20,000 bond after prosecutors charged him in McClain County District Court with neglect by caretaker.

A preliminary hearing conference for Justin Gamble will be at 9 a.m. July 27.

According to an affidavit, police were called last month  to make a welfare check on an elderly woman at 1001 W. Adams.

Gamble admitted police and directed them to his mother’s bedroom.

Carolyn Rowland was found laying on the floor in the doorway. She was nude except for a soiled disposable diaper, according to the affidavit. The officer reported Rowland was unable to speak and could barely raise her arms.

When asked how long she had been on the floor, Gamble reportedly said “since yesterday morning.”

According to the affidavit, Gamble said he didn’t know what to do and so didn’t call 911.

The officer reported an odor of alcohol on Gamble’s breath and said he appeared to be intoxicated.


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