On December 8th of 2022, officers with the Estill Springs police department were dispatched to a residence on Gaul St. in reference to a medical call of an 87-year-old female with trouble breathing and not responding to verbal stimulation. There were three adult caretakers within the residence that were assisting the victim. They had advised officers of medical conditions and that the patient had not been acting normally for a couple of weeks prior to calling on that date.
Once EMS arrived on the scene, officers helped the paramedics move the victim from the chair to a stretcher. Once the blankets were removed, both officers and paramedics recalled a strong smell of ammonia coming from the victim. Officers also observed bed bugs in the chair where the female was sitting.
While in motion in the ambulance, a medical pad had fallen off the victim, which further exposed open wounds on the woman. The caretakers were asked when the last time the patient had been changed, but no one was able to give an answer.
Paramedics transferred the victim to Vanderbilt-Harton Hospital in Tullahoma, where she stayed for three days before passing away.
An autopsy was conducted, and it was determined that she died due to Gang Green infection from gallstones. The woman, only called Ms. Wilson in a press release, had three pressure ulcers on her buttocks and legs.
An investigation was conducted over her death, and officers found enough evidence to present the case to the grand jury. The jury determined that there was enough probable cause to indict Ronald Wilson, Jay Wilson, and Jennifer Wilson with aggravated neglect of an elderly vulnerable adult.
On November 14, 2023, the three people were charged with elder abuse and are currently being held on $300,000 bonds at the Franklin County Jail.