PUTNAM COUNTY, GA --A woman claims her brother is innocent on charges he neglected a 23-year-old disabled woman who was found locked in his room on Wednesday.
Authorities say the woman weighs just 42 pounds. A judge has ordered the victim's mother and her boyfriend held without bond.
Felicia Clements listened as a judge read the charges against her. Her boyfriend Gavin Evans sat right beside her.
PHOTO: The living conditions where the woman was found
They're accused of neglecting Clements' 23-year old daughter Shakia Jackson.
Jackson was found living in squalor on a soiled mattress, covered in bed sores, insects and feces. She also weighs only 42 pounds.
Clements and Evans are accused of abusing her other children by making them sleep in the same room as Shakia, something Clements took exception to sometime.s
"Only two kids left in that room," Clements says. "The other little girl slept in the room with us. The little boy slept in the living room."
Eatonton police found Jackson in a bedroom inside this New Street home and they called it one of the worst neglect cases they've ever seen.
The judge ordered Clements and Evans held without bond.
Monica Davis, Evans' sister, says she doesn't know if the charges are true. "It's heartbreaking," she says.
After the hearing, Davis insists her brother tried to get help for Shakia but her mother refused to listen.
"And he even told her, but she didn't do anything about it," Davis says. "He wanted to get her help. She just smiled, and shrugged it off."
Minutes after her brother and Clements left the courtroom, Davis told me police should drop charges against her brother.
"It wasn't his fault, because he tried and she didn't do anything," she says.
At last check, Shakia Jackson is in the hospital in stable condition.
Clements and Evans will get another bond hearing before a Superior Court judge.