HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach woman has been arrested after police say she failed to adequately care for an elderly man.
Diana Yevonne Miller, 57, is charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult.
In March, the victim’s son called authorities to report his 79-year-old father was being taken advantage of by a woman tasked with being his caretaker, according to a police report.
The victim’s son told police in May 2018, he was attempting to find a caretaker for his father and came across Miller, who lived close to the 79-year-old at the time. The suspect advised the victim’s son she was a licensed care provider, the report states.
Police say Miller agreed to move in and care for the 79-year-old in exchange for the victim’s son paying rent and providing all necessary living items for her and his father. According to the report, the son drafted a contract that was notarized by both parties.
Between May 2018 and March 2019, the son told police “several red flags” came up. About two months into the agreement, Cape Landing Apartments kicked Miller out due to allegations she broke into change machines on the property, according to police. Miller denied the claims, and the victim’s son allowed her to continue caring for the 79-year-old.
Police say Miller and the victim then moved to an apartment on Ivystone Drive.
During the eight months Miller and the victim were living at the Ivystone Drive apartment, the victim’s son told police he noticed food running out quickly and shortages on his father’s medications, the report states.
According to police, the victim’s son also said his father complained of being hungry on a regular basis, which he attributed to his father’s dementia.
In March 2019, the 79-year-old suffered a broken hip from a fall inside the apartment and was placed in a nursing home, the report states. Police say around the same time, a property manager at the Ivystone Drive apartment told the victim’s son of “numerous concerning reports” regarding Miller’s care of the victim.
According to the report, residents reported Miller had been using drugs inside and around the apartment and using her van for prostitution.
The property manager also told the victim’s son that he was approached by a resident who said Miller came to her and said she had been over-medicating the victim so she could use drugs in the home, the report states. According to police, the resident also told the property manager Miller admitted to returning food the victim’s son provided for cash and other items.
Online records show Miller was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday on a $2,500 bond.