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Eastover man arrested for abuse of elderly relative

Jun 1, 2011 7:20:00 PM - thestate.com
A 57-year-old Eastover man has been arrested and charged with the abuse of an elderly relative who died from injuries sustained while in his care, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

Eddie James Williams was taken into custody at his attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Williams was the primary caregiver of the unidentified woman who suffered from dementia.

Authorities were altered to a possible case of neglect earlier this year. When they visited the house on Lincoln Park Point in Eastover on March 22, the victim had “severe abrasions” on her body. She was taken into protective custody and hospital officials told authorities that the wounds “could have been prevented with proper care.”

The victim died as a result of her injuries on May 16, Sheriff Leon Lott said.

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