Police: Disabled woman abused, forced to eat dog food
Ruby Richardson (Source: WLEX)
POWELL COUNTY, KY (WLEX) - A woman was arrested following allegations of extreme
neglect and abuse, where the victim claimed she was forced to eat dog
food, then left at a home for weeks without heat or food.
According to the Powell County Sheriff's Department, earlier this
week, deputies responded to a complaint and found a woman in her 50s
with the mental capacity of a child inside of a house on Martin Street
in Stanton. Deputies said the woman was covered in several layers of
blankets and clothing and claimed she had been left there two weeks ago
without food, heat, or her medication.
"That's pretty evil to do that to somebody," said Jeremy Fugate, who
lives next door to the Martin Street home. "It's very disturbing to hear
this, especially so close to home. We had no idea. I mean the house
looks abandoned and we ain't seen anybody around it."
"She was extremely cold. She was extremely hungry," described Deputy
Robert Mathews with the Powell County Sheriff's Department. "We went and
bought her something to eat. We bought her enough food to feed two
people and she ate every bit of it."
Ruby Richardson was arrested and lodged in the Montgomery County
Jail, charged with exploiting, neglecting, and abusing the woman.
Court documents said the victim in the case told deputies she lived
with Richardson for more than a year. During that time, she said
Richardson repeatedly beat her and took her Food Stamp money and
An arrest warrant even claims the victim "had been made to eat dog
food and table scraps." The victim reportedly weighed about 230 pounds
one year ago and was now down to less than 100 pounds.
When the woman was dropped off at the home on Martin Street, court
documents allege Richardson told her, if she answered the door for
anyone she "would go to jail because was a registered sex offender."
Deputies said the victim was not a sex offender.
"If someone did this to an adult that has this handicap, it's no
worse than abusing a child. In my opinion, it's the same because this
lady appears to me to have the mind of a child," said Deputy Mathews.
Richardson was released from the Montgomery County Jail Thursday afternoon on a $5,000 bond.
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