Son Arrested After Woman Found Living in Squalor

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A Fayetteville man faces a felony endangerment charge after police said they found his mother living in a roach-infested home and covered in feces.

David Sisemore, 28, was booked in the Washington County Detention Center at 6:15 p.m. Sunday evening and released on $3,500 bond less than an hour later, according to the Sheriff's Department website. Sisemore has an August 9 court date and faces a charge of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

A preliminary police report said Fayetteville officers went to search an abandoned house on the 1600 block of West Stone Street that had recently been purchased. When the new owner attempted to pry open the front door, a man, identified as Sisemore, appeared from inside the home and told officers he and his disabled mother lived at the residence, the report said.

Officers said the house reeked of cat feces and fleas and roaches crawled on them while they made their way through the home, the report said. In the back bedroom, officers found a 75-year-old woman laying in a bed covered with dried and wet feces and live and dead roaches, the report said.

The report said the woman was lethargic and not very coherent. The report said emergency personnel were called and the woman was taken to the hospital for further medical care.

Officers called the fire department, which shut down the gas to the house because of the unsafe condition of the kitchen, the report said.

Sisemore told officers that he was responsible for caring for his mother but didn't know the last time she had been seen by a doctor, and he was unaware she was covered with feces and developing bed sores, the report said.