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Gaston man accused of neglecting family member

Lexington, S.C. – Lexington County deputies have arrested and charged a Gaston man after one of his relatives was found at their home lying in a bed and covered in waste.

Oliver Christopher Willard, 39, is charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult, according to an arrest warrant.

“Detectives working on this case, which we opened Friday, have determined the victim is unable to walk or care for herself,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Their investigation shows Willard hasn’t provided her with a safe living environment or proper medical care.”

The woman suffered a bedsore and developed various illnesses due to Willard’s neglect, according to Koon.

Investigators arrested Willard Saturday. He has been released from the Lexington County Detention Center after meeting the conditions of his bond.

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