• Authorities: Caretaker nearly kills mentally-handicapped patient


    CASAR, N.C. - Investigators discovered a mentally-handicapped man who they said may have been beaten for days, and nearly killed by his own caretaker.
    Charles Newton is facing half-a-dozen charges Thursday, including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and kidnapping.
    The Department of Social Services visited Newton's home on Dirty Ankle Road in Casar during a welfare check.
    They found his cousin, who Newton cares for, with severe injuries, including broken bones and bruises.

    "This is a sad situation. Thank God someone called when they did, or this could have been a homicide investigation," said Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman in a news release.

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