Jan 24, 2013 11:31 AM

Powell County Woman Charged With Neglecting Adult

A Powell County woman has been arrested on charges of knowingly neglecting and abusing an adult.

Ruby Richardson was arrested Wednesday, and police say she knowingly exploited an adult. The alleged victim in the case, a woman in her 50s, was discovered in the Powell County home Wednesday. She told the sheriff's department she'd been living with Richardson for more than a year, and had been abused repeatedly during that time.

Two weeks ago, the victim said she was placed in the house, where she was told not to answer the door for anyone. According to a warrant, the victim claims she was beaten by Richardson numerous times, and was even forced to eat dog food and table scraps.

Court documents show over the last year the victim had gone from 230 pounds to less than 100 pounds.

Sheriff's deputies say the victim has an unknown diagnosis, but is "low functioning."


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