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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