SARASOTA, Fla. -- A Sarasota man has been arrested after detectives say he neglected to care for his 62-year-old disabled brother and left him locked in a room.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, On August 20th, deputies were serving a final eviction notice to the residents of a Circled Oak Drive home in Sarasota when they noticed a strong smell of urine and feces coming from a semi-attached living area.
Deputies could see the victim sitting on a bed but the room was padlocked and they had to use a crowbar to gain entry. The room had no food or water and the victim was saturated in human waste. He was transported to the hospital where doctors determined he was severely malnourished due to prolonged neglect.
It was also determined that the victim had lost nearly 70 pounds since he was last taken to the doctor in 2012.
Detectives determined the victim's older brother, 66-year-old Stephens Newell, was his caregiver. When interviewed, he claimed to visit his brother several times a day with meals and medication and said he bathed him once a week. Newell admitted that the padlock was a dangerous idea and that he should have taken his brother for medical treatment.
Newell was arrested Friday for Neglect of a Disabled Elderly Person and is currently being held without bond.