A Wayne County man has been charged with wanton endangerment, unlawful imprisonment and cruelty to animals after a woman in his care was found in deplorable conditions inside a home with dead animals.
Wayne County sheriff's deputies went to Gary Cox's home at 453 Ramsey Street in Monticello on Friday to conduct a welfare status check because Joan Cox, 72, had "missed a critical doctor's appointment for two weeks in a row," according to a Facebook post by the sheriff's office.
When they arrived, they "found that the only entrance to the residence had been padlocked from the outside."
Thinking that Joan Cox was inside and in need of medical attention, they entered the home by force and found her "lying in a bed surrounded by several buckets filled with urine and feces," according to the post. There were dead animals in her bedroom and in other rooms.
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She was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Gary Cox, 53, Joan Cox's caregiver, arrived at the home while deputies were there. He was taken to the Wayne County jail on a charge of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree wanton endangerment and 10 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals.