Diabetic man found with sores, exposed bones; wife arrested

A North Georgia woman was arrested after her husband was found in their house that “smelled as though there was animal waste mixed with rotting flesh inside,” an officer said.

Responding to a diabetic emergency Sunday, Murray County firefighters and an officer found Phillip Alexander with open insect- and maggot-infested sores and with rotting flesh exposing his pelvic bones and the bottom of his spine, the Dalton Daily Citizen reported.

His wife, Lisa Marie Alexander, was arrested on charges of neglect of a disabled adult, reckless conduct and other charges, the newspaper reported.

Phillip Alexander is in intensive care at a Dalton hospital, the newspaper reported.

Phillip Alexander was on a bed that “appeared to be extremely dirty,” officer Joshua Malone said.

Alexander had gauze bandages taped to his legs. The room was filled with cockroaches, and there were handheld plastic urinal receptacles that “had brown matter in them that appeared to be decomposing human waste,” Malone said.

Lisa Alexander’s daughter said her mother's arrest was unwarranted.

“There is no way that we neglected him,” said Bethany Alexander, who also lived in the house. “None of us did.”

GBI agent Greg Ramey said the investigation is ongoing.

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