Neighbor: ‘She was living in hell’

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A 61-year-old man was under arrest Monday and charged with mistreating a woman in his care.

Prosecutors say James Kinder deprived treatment or services to the woman, who according to a neighbor, was his longtime companion.

The neighbor said she called the ambulance when she saw the woman's condition. She was trying to help them move out of their home.

"From the outside of the house it looks like a pretty picture, but on the inside she was living in hell. Pure hell. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy," said Toni Wiedener.

Wiedener says Friday she went next door, checked on her friend and saw Joyce Kinder lying in a dirty, flea-infested bed with sores over her body.

"That wasn't Joyce in that bed. She was groaning in pain. She was lying in her own feces, urine and fleas were everywhere, " Wiedener told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during an interview outside the Kinder's home in the 5100 block of Locust in Kansas City, Kan.

"I'm thinking she'd been living like that for months, and, I thought she was dead. She had swollen eyes. Her skin looked burnt. I mean she couldn't talk and I just put my hand over her head and told her you need help. I'm gonna get you out of here," says Wiedener.

"He's helped almost everybody in this neighborhood one time or another, " says Jim Allen, a friend of the suspect and neighbor, who lives across the street.

"I think he got to where he didn't know what to do. He loved that woman all the years she was an elementary teacher. We asked him how's she doing and he said she was fine," says Allen.

"I wish I could've went inside that house a long time ago," Wiedener said.

James Kinder is being held in the Wyandotte County jail on a $100,000 bond.

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