Neighbors help elderly woman living without power, food

Police alert adult protective services after removing woman from southeast side home

Indianapolis, Ind.

A 73-year-old Indianapolis woman living without power or food was taken out of her home this week after her neighbors alerted authorities that something was wrong.

According to a police report, when an officer stopped by Dolly Fugate's home on the 1600 block of Hoefgen Street, he reported an "odor of cats and urine" and "feces all over the floor." He also wrote there was "no power at the residence" and "no food in the house for her to even eat if she could fix food.”

A neighbor who called 911 told the officer Fugate lived with her daughter and son-in-law but that her daughter was recently jailed.

"It's not something you would want your worst enemy to live in," said Alice Decker who lives across the street from Fugate. She and another neighbor tried to help Fugate by bringing over food and keeping her warm.

"I talked to a neighbor and her and her husband brought a big space heater over," said Decker. "It bothers me, because I have no family and to see someone who has family don't take care of them, or can't take care of them."

Police reported Fugate was not able to speak because of a stroke and was confined to a bed or wheelchair due to diabetes.

She was taken to St. Francis Beech Grove for medical treatment and police contacted Adult Protective Services.

It is not clear if any charges will be filed in this neglect case.

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