|Roger Lawrence McKinnon and Rufus Jerome Parker|
COLONY - Two Colony men were arrested on Thursday for elder abuse, according to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a welfare check on an elderly female under the care of Roger Lawrence McKinnon, 54 and Rufus Jerome Parker, 53. Once the deputies arrived at the residence, they heard the victim yell for assistance from her bedroom, said a statement from the CCSO. Deputies made entry and found the woman bedridden and unable to help herself.
In the course of investigation, deputies determined that McKinnon and Parker were allegedly taking the victim’s checks, instead of using the money to care for her. The victim told deputies she had been receiving calls from “check-cashing” establishments.
McKinnon was charged with third-degree elder abuse and neglect, along with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Parker was charged with third-degree elder abuse and neglect, as well as third-degree financial exploitation of the elderly.
Due to the nature of the crime, the CCSO is not releasing the victim’s name or details of her condition.
Both suspects are being held in the Cullman County Detention Center, each on a $4,000 bond.
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