HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A brother and sister from Longs were arrested after their 63-year-old father died as a result of an "extremely large" bedsore that was left untreated and caused him to become septic, according to reports.
On August 6, police responded to a Conway hospital in reference to an elderly man being neglected. Medical personnel found a life-threatening bedsore covering most of the man's back, according to a news release from the Horry County Police Department. The wound had obviously not been treated for a period of time, the report states, although the man said it was new. The police report also said a metal rod that was placed in his spine more than 30 years ago was visible. He was taken to MUSC where he passed away the following morning.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge identified the man as Albert Lee Vereen, of Longs. He said he's still awaiting autopsy results.
The man said he was receiving care from his two children: 41-year-old Ronya Green and 38-year-old Albert Vereen Jr. Both were arrested by HCPD detectives and taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Both were charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death.
They were granted $30,000 personal recognizance bond at a bond hearing at 3 p.m. Wednesday. They were released soon after.
Green and Vereen told the judge at the bond hearing their father was a drug addict who drove away his previous nurses. Green said he had been in and out of the hospital constantly in recent months.
Green's daughters said they don't think their mother or uncle are to blame for their grandfather's death. They said he had been in a wheelchair for years and often had bedsores because of it.
"The only thing my mama ever did was try to help my granddad," said Labrandy Vereen. "My uncle, he went to work. He'd provide food for my granddad. They'd clean his house and help him keep clean from the bugs getting into his sores and everything."
Delicia Vereen agreed with her sister, saying she knows her mom couldn't have neglected Albert Lee Vereen.
"We loved our grandfather. That was like our father. Everybody's father," she said.