LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man who was supposed to care for his handicapped mother was arrested for intimidating and abusing her.
Robert Hunt, 40, is the caregiver of his mother, who is confined to a wheelchair in her home in the Douglass Hills neighborhood.
He is accused of intimidation in the form of kicking, biting, and grabbing her by the back of her neck in an effort to get money from her. According to police, Hunt wanted her to give him a blank check on top of what he is already paid weekly to care for her.
Police reports indicate he took away his mother's cell phone so she could not call for help, putting it in her basement because she cannot walk down the stairs.
These events are said to have occurred on Monday. On Tuesday, police arrested Hunt after they said he further endangered his mother.
Officers said Hunt poured gasoline over a kitchen table while his mother and another resident of the home were inside, threatening to burn the house down and continuing to physically abuse her.
Police are confident these acts put his mother at risk of death or serious injury.
Hunt has been charged with knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult, intimidating a participant in a legal process, arson and two counts of wanton endangerment. Each of the charges are felonies.