An Independence man under investigation for alleged elder abuse after his mother was found in her home in filthy condition has been charged with forgery for cashing a check issued to his mother.
James Owens, 52, is accused of forging his mother’s name and cashing a $741 Social Security check issued to his mother three days after she died.
Carol F. Brown, 75, died in an area hospital on November 1st after being found in her Independence home at the end of October. According to court documents, a firefighter described walking into the home and finding, “a rotting corpse that was still breathing.”
Rescue crews had to pry Brown from her recliner because her legs were fused to the chair. Court documents reveal she was sitting in her own bodily fluids and waste and had maggots inside an ankle wound.
Family members told FOX 4 that Owens had been Brown’s caretaker for the past two years.
Owens has not yet been charged for the conditions that Brown was found in, as police are waiting autopsy results before sending the case to prosecutors. According to court records, Owens told a state senior services investigator he didn’t help his mother use a bathroom because he was honoring her wishes to die in her home.
Court records indicate that Brown survived on a diet of chicken noodle and tomato soup.