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Daughter, grandson charged in elder abuse
Welfare check results in arrests
Sue Edra Perez-Lopez

A Candler County sheriff’s investigator arrested a woman and her adult son after finding deplorable conditions when performing a welfare check on an elderly victim.

Sue Edra Perez-Lopez, 49, and her son, James Nicolas Waugh, 21, both of Highway 46 in Metter, were each charged with cruelty to animals and cruelty to persons over 65, according to incident reports by Candler County sheriff’s Melvin Ivey.

Ivey performed a welfare check on the elderly victim, Perez-Lopez’ mother, Feb. 10, finding the disabled woman under care of her daughter and grandson, who also lived there.

Upon checking the home, into which he was invited by the suspects, Ivey observed “extremely unsanitary living conditions which jeopardized the health and well-being of” the victim, reports stated.

Ivey also found animals in and outside the residence that were in such condition that led to the animal cruelty charge, said Candler County sheriff’s Justin P. Wells.

Waugh and Perez-Lopez were arrested and taken to the Candler County Jail, where they remain without bond, according to jail records.

Candler County EMS responded to the residence and transported the victim to the hospital for treatment, reports stated.

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