Personal Care Home Investigated

The owner of a personal care home in Kemper County is being investigated for possible violations.

Officials say the probe into the facility, located at 1941 Highway 493, and how it's run started a year ago. It has been in operation for at least eight years.

Tuesday morning, officials from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, along with the Kemper County Sheriff's Department, went to the house. It was the sheriff's department that first prompted the investigation.

"We've had complaints from some of the residents here," said Kemper County Sheriff James Moore. "We've come down and found residents out in the middle of the street, and they're complaining about mistreatment over here and just being treated badly. Before we contacted the state, we did our own investigation."

Tuesday, Moore and investigators were able to go inside the house.

"We found residents living in conditions that are just unhealthy for anybody. We found food being locked away from them. Medicine not being taken properly. Just a lot of things that are wrong in there," Moore said.

According to the sheriff, there are claims that sometimes the residents are only allowed one a meal a day. He also said investigators found dirty clothes and dishes everywhere, with the refrigerator locked. He said the only "livable" area in the house was the bedroom where the owner slept.

The sheriff said there were about eight patients living there, but there has been more than that in the past.

"Three is all he could've possibly had and we've had reports that at times there have possibly been 13 residents there," said Moore. "He has 10 days to comply with the order of going from 8 or 9 residents right now, and to three. And then at that time, they will come back out, reinspect and if he's going to actually stay in business, he'll have to fix all of the things they found wrong in there."

Moore said charged against the owner could be forthcoming, but at this time, it's too early to say what they could be or exactly when they would be filed.


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  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Sep 24, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    Cleo Pringle take those pooe peoples money and give it to crackhead. I cant fault these old folks ppls,because Mr.Pringle would not let them inside the house to see their love one. It almost like Michael Jackson did his family without the bodyguards
  • by Linda Lou Location: county on Sep 23, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    Why didn't they shut him down????? He's given an opportunity to "clean" things up. I also wonder why the families didn't check on these poor people, or do they just not care as long as THEY don't have to tend to them. :(
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    at ont time he was calling himself a preacher. A shame A shame
  • by 4 Real Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2009 at 05:03 PM
    I certainly hope this is an isolated incident, as many of us have loved ones in nursing homes and personal care facilities. The Golden Rule is always appropriate, "Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you."
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    THE ADDRESS THAT WAS LISTED IN THE PAPER AND ON THE TV IS 1941 HWY 493 AND THAT ADDRESS IS LISTED AS CLEO PRINGLE IN THE PHONE BOOK.
  • by Anonymous Location: meridian on Sep 23, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    His name is NOT Cleo Pringle. I think the facts should be stated before any judgement is made.
  • by mm Location: Philly on Sep 23, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    Did not any of the patients families know this was going on? or did they care? Families need to check regularly on their love ones, assuming they are really LOVED ones. People don't need to be dumped off somewhere and forgotten.
  • by ROBIN Location: DEKALB on Sep 23, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    I KNOW THIS MAN IS AT FAULT BUT WHO EVER PUT THERE FAMILY THERE SHOULD HAVE AND NEEDS TO CHECK ON THEM BECAUSE THIS PLACE DID NOT GET LIKE THIS OVER NIGHT. I KNOW IF I EVER HAVE TO PUT A FAMILY MEMBER IN A PLACE LIKE THIS I WOULD CHECK IT OUT AND WOULD GO AND VISIT THEM JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE BEING TAKEN CARE OF.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    He goes by the name of JOE BOSS, but his real name is Cleo Pringle - he drives a Chevrolet Avalanche and he is a sorry human being. He takes those poor peoples money and uses it for his own uses. He needs to be locked up for a while.
  • by tweety Location: meridian on Sep 23, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    If this true this man should be jailed ,i understand that familys need help with loved ones and when something like this happens is just so horriable.I will pray that this sitition will be resolved and not true ,but if true throw his but in jail....
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