Rock Hill police have charged a woman with neglecting her children and her fiancé.
Police said 34-year-old Crystal Perdue did not take proper care of her sick and disabled fiancé, and let her children live in unsanitary conditions at their home on Greenbriar Avenue.
In late May, Perdue's 40-year-old fiancé was admitted to the intensive care unit of Piedmont Medical Center. According to police reports, he is blind and suffers from diabetes and multiple sclerosis. He was discovered inside the home, covered with bed sores and bug bites, and was severely dehydrated, emaciated and unkempt, with spots all over his body, the report said. The police report said his catheter was so dirty it was growing mold, and his blood sugar level was so high it was unreadable.
Arrest warrants obtained by Channel 9 also detail the condition of the home that Perdue, her fiancé and two young children, ages 8 and 6, were living in.
The warrant describes the house as “saturated in garbage, old food, fast food containers, animal feces, insects, and filth. There were no spaces to walk, sit or lie down that were not saturated with these items,” the warrant said.
Police said the conditions in the home existed for as long as four months, going back to February.
Several neighbors said they knew the man was ill, but didn't know how serious his condition was. No one knew anything about the inside of the house.
Outside you can see a wheelchair, a broken front window and children's toys scattered across the lawn.
Neighbor Al Ward was surprised that Perdue was arrested. He said she was doing the best she could, working long hours and trying to take care of her family.
"I think she worked herself to death taking care of him and running around taking care of her kids," he said. "I don't think she had the energy to do anything else. The energy or the time."
Perdue was released from jail Tuesday on a $15,000 bond. Eyewitness News contacted Piedmont Medical Center, but was unable to get the condition of her fiancé.