PENSACOLA, Florida (WALA) - A Pensacola man faces elderly neglect charges after abandoning his elderly mother to go to the BCS National Championship game.
Rick Gill, 58, lives in a nice home in Pensacola. His 88-year-old mother lived with him, and FOX10 News is told he cares for her.
The mother has dementia and is hard of hearing.
A few weeks ago, Gill left her at home alone while he went to Glendale to enjoy the BCS National Championship.
He was gone for three days.
Police say a day after the game he was enjoying the Grand Canyon, but couldn't get in touch with his mother back at home. He was concerned about her.
"When he could not get in touch with his mother, he called us to help," Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons said.
When officers arrived at the house, they found all the doors were locked. So they had to break in through a second story window and then enter the house through the garage.
"It was clear to us that she could not take care of herself and there was no reason to leave her unattended," Simmons said.
Officers found the 88-year-old mother lying on a bed.She was malnourished.
All the doors to the house were locked with a dead bolt and there were no keys around.
Officers found fecal matter on the bed and a pile of feces in the living room.
"The house was in disarray, there were animals, it was just a bad scene," Simmons said.
The police report says the refrigerator was full of food and Gill had left signs throughout the house with directions to rooms and what to eat. But his mother was unable to care for herself.
Gill told investigators that a neighbor had a key to the home, but that neighbor was in Arizona enjoying the game too.
When Gill came back home, he was arrested and charged with elderly neglect.
"I think in this case you have a higher priority than going to a football game," added Simmons.
Gill has since been released from jail on $100,000 bond.
Sources close to the investigation say his mother is safe and is being taken care of.
FOX10 News went to his neighborhood Friday and spoke to a neighbor off camera.
She said he's a good man who loves his mother and takes good care of her. She says Gill simply made a mistake.
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