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Woman accused of neglecting elderly relative

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Posted: Oct 30, 2010 12:21 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Lafourche Parish sheriff's deputies say a 30-year-old woman was arrested on charges of cruelty to the infirm after she allegedly left a relative - an elderly woman - to live in a shed filthy with human waste.

April Johnson was booked Thursday into the parish jail, where she's being held on $50,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Deputies say Johnson's 69-year-old relative was found last month living in a 10-by-16-foot wooden shed.

Sgt. Lesley Hill, a sheriff's office spokeswoman, told The Courier that the space was filthy and "smelled of urine and rotting flesh." Hill says the elderly woman was on a vinyl mattress with no sheets and lying in a pool of urine.

The woman was taken to a facility in Gretna for treatment of sores that exposed bone and tendons. Doctors also said the woman had a broken hip and leg - both of which had gone untreated.

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