I have read several articles including The State’s article regarding the arrest of Robert Edward Tidwell and his daughter Roberta Marie Young on charges of abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult in the death of wife and mother Harriet Ruth Tidwell. See mug shots from Lexington County.
"Arrest warrants allege that Dec. 1, Harriett Ruth Tidwell was transported by ambulance from her home to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where medical personnel determined she weighed about 48 pounds, had numerous bed sores and was so emaciated that her spinal cord and ribs were clearly visible."
She died the next day. Harriett Tidwell was bed-ridden after her legs were amputated about 14 years ago. She was married to her husband for more than 30 years. State law charges the Department of Social Services with assuring the safety of vulnerable adults being cared for at home.
Under South Carolina law, a person who knowingly and willfully abuses or neglects a vulnerable adult who later dies as a result of the abuse or neglect is guilty of a felony, which carries a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison.
Hospital personnel reported the abuse of Harriett Tidwell. A hospital social worker told a deputy that Harriett Tidwell had gone several days without eating or drinking. Harriett Tidwell was last seen by her primary care physician on July 13, and a home health care worker last visited Harriett Tidwell on November 9 at her home. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said a doctor visiting 60-year-old Harriett Tidwell’s home in April reported squalid conditions to social services officials.
Tidwell weighed 48 pounds and had numerous bed sores when she died December 2. The family says Tidwell’s husband and caretaker was anything but neglectful.
"Somebody failed to do their job, besides the two individuals that we’ve charged," Metts said. "We are trying to find out what DSS did, if anything," said Metts. "We have already subpoenaed records.""People failed this lady," the sheriff said. "I believe very strongly that if this lady had been given proper care, she would be alive now."
See article at The Sun News