INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Monday, the daughter of elder abuse victim Joann Briggs spoke exclusively with 41 Action News about the horror of her mother’s condition and asked that everyone try to help stop this from happening to other families.
“She's not conscience. It's a dire situation," Joann Briggs said.
Police released information about the situation in Independence near on August 12 when Gary Raps, 58, was charged with second degree elder abuse, a felony under Missouri law.
Prosecutors say Raps failed to care for his 73-year-old wife who fell ill nearly two weeks before she was taken to a hospital. Hospital staff called police after seeing that she weighed 70 pounds and had bed sores on her body.
Court documents say that when police entered their Independence home, they found poor living conditions. They say the recliner the victim was said to have been in for several days was covered in feces, urine and maggots.