Mar 4, 2014 4:57 PM

Man Arrested After Allegedly Abandoning Wheelchair Bound Mother

Temperatures have been well below freezing for the past few nights but sheriff's deputies said that didn't stop a man from leaving his wheelchair bound mother outside in a tent.

She was found in the Possum Hollow area of the Dayhoit Community in Harlan County.

Deputies said her son left her there overnight and her wheelchair was nowhere near her. It was found inside a well house and they're still trying to find out how and why her son got her out to the wooded area.

"I got no idea how he got her from here to there," Special Deputy John Gross of Harlan County Sheriff's Office said.

Gross was off duty and going on his morning walk Monday when he spotted a tent he hadn't seen before.

As he got closer he heard a man and woman arguing.

"I never heard a woman in my life cry like that," he said. "She was screaming ‘John please help me'."

The woman's son, Brandon Buell, was arrested for forcing his mother to live in deplorable conditions during freezing temperatures.

She had only a long sleeve shirt, a pair of jogging pants and one blanket laying on the floor.

When he found her on the ground, Gross said the water from the hill was getting inside the tent, making everything wet.

Investigators noticed the woman had early stages of hypothermia and wanted to take her to the hospital but her 28-year-old son refused to get his mother out of the tent.

"I said Brandon let's get your mother out of that water and he said ‘no she's alright'," Gross said.

Gross has known the family a long time and said it's mind-boggling that anyone would do something like this to their mother.

"I never thought anything like this would happen to that woman," he said.

Buell is charged with wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

He is being housed at the Harlan County Detention Center has declined our request for an interview.


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