Police searching for Stanton woman indicted on adult-abuse charge

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comFebruary 8, 2013 

Ruby Richardson

Police are searching for a woman accused of beating, not feeding properly and exploiting an adult with disabilities, Powell County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Robert Mathews said.

Ruby Richardson, 49, of Stanton was indicted this week by a Powell grand jury on felony counts of knowingly exploiting and abusing or neglecting an adult.

She also was charged with wanton endangerment, the indictment said.

Richardson allegedly beat the victim, an intellectually low-functioning adult, several times "for not obeying commands," according to an arrest warrant filed by Mathews in January. The victim is 52, he said.

The arrest warrant said Richardson had made the woman "eat dog food and table scraps numerous times."

Richardson was arrested in January on abuse and exploitation charges and was released from jail on $5,000 bond.

Mathews said he went to Richardson's home on Wednesday to arrest her again on the grand jury charges, but she had moved.

Eleven witnesses have alleged that the victim was abused by Richardson, Mathews said. The complaint said the abuse, neglect and exploitation had gone on for more than a year.

The victim, who is about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, dropped from about 230 pounds more than a year ago to 94 pounds when Mathews found her alone in a Powell County home in January, according to Mathews and court documents. Mathews said the home was owned by a relative of Richardson's.

The arrest warrant said the woman was left alone at that home for two weeks without medication. The victim told police that Richardson had taken her food stamps and disability checks for almost one year.

The wanton-endangerment charges stemmed from allegations that the victim twice had a gun pointed in her direction and was held at knifepoint, according to the indictment..

Adult Protective Services officials from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services are now helping the alleged victim and have placed her at the home of a friend, Mathews said.

The abuse and exploitations charges each carry penalties of five to 10 years in prison, and the wanton endangerment charges carry penalties of one to five years each.

Powell Circuit Court Judge Frank A. Fletcher has set a new bond of $85,000 cash, the indictment said.

Mathews said anyone with information about Richardson should call the Powell County Sheriff's Office at (606) 663-2226 or Powell County dispatchers at (606) 663-4116.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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