Court docs: Greenwood woman kept husband locked in filthy room covered in feces for two years

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Photo of Darlene Dickinson courtesy of Johnson County Sheriff’s Office

GREENWOOD, Ind. – A warrant was issued for the arrest of a Greenwood woman for allegedly failing to take care of her husband.

Darlene Dickinson, 69, faces two charges of neglect of a dependent.

According to court documents, the investigation began on May 19, 2016 when a concerned neighbor contacted authorities about the welfare of “an elderly disabled man” who she had seen stumble onto the front porch of his home.

The neighbor approached the man to help him, and she discovered he was covered in feces. She then called the authorities.

Greenwood police arrived to find the elderly man, who is a stroke survivor and had his leg amputated, sitting on the front porch in a dirty shirt and dirty adult diaper.

During the investigation, officers noted that the majority of the home was clean, except for the bedroom the man was living in. That bedroom was covered in trash, spoiled food, and feces.

According to officers, the man was in poor health, extremely thin, and possibly malnourished. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, and they reported that he weighed 100 pounds.

The man told Greenwood Police that he had been shut in his room by his wife for the past couple of years. The victim said that because the room was so “filthy,” there were many flies that would bother him, and he had to put a blanket over his head in order to sleep.

The victim said his wife only gave him one Meals on Wheels meal and a warm Pepsi per day, and he had only been allowed out of his room once in the past two years.

The victim also said he had not received any of his medications for the past two years.

The victim is now living with his son and daughter, and according to court documents, he is in much better health now.

He gained back almost 30 pounds in just over two months.