Madison County

Police: Richmond man left mom in home filled with trash and feces

Albert Ray Chaffins Jr.
Albert Ray Chaffins Jr.

A Richmond man was charged Monday with neglect of an adult after police conducted a welfare check on his mother.

Albert Ray Chaffins Jr., 39, was charged after officers went to his house on McDougal Avenue, Richmond police said in a news release.

Officers met with Chaffins and his mother at the rear door. Officers immediately detected the odor of trash and feces emanating from within the residence, police said. The officers learned that Chaffins was the caretaker for his mother, having assumed the role after another relative had moved.

Officers found that the water had been turned off and there was no air conditioning. The mother was in her 60s and suffered from numerous health problems, including restricted mobility.

Officers observed that the all of the toilets in the house were filled with human feces and urine; the mother's bedside toilet was filled with feces and urine; there were dog feces and insects throughout the house; and there were several bottles and a large jug filled with urine.

The woman had sores, scabs, bruises, rashes, and what appeared to be bug or insect bites on her body that had not been medically treated.

Police called Adult Protective Services, and she was removed to Baptist Health Richmond hospital, where it was discovered that she had head and body lice and bed bugs.

Chaffins was being held in the Madison County Detention Center in Richmond.