SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man was charged with neglect of a disabled elderly person when his younger brother was found severely malnourished and lying in feces and urine on Aug. 20, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were serving a final eviction notice to the residence of the 62-year-old victim in the 5100 block of Circled Oak Drive in Sarasota when they noticed a strong smell of urine and feces coming from a semi-detached living area and saw the victim sitting on a bed inside, according to a release.
Deputies used force to gain entry into the padlocked room, where they found the victim sitting in human waste with no access to food or water, according to a report. Doctors later determined the victim was severely malnourished and said he was 70 pounds lighter than he was during his last doctor's visit in 2012.
His older brother, Stephens Newell, 66, was his caregiver, according to deputies. He claimed he visited his brother several times per day with meals and medication and bathed him once per week.
Newell said the padlock was a dangerous idea and he should have taken his brother for medical treatment, according to deputies.
The older Newell was arrested and is being held without bond.