Florida couple arrested for abusing elderly mother


A husband and wife in Florida were arrested earlier this week, accused of abusing the man’s mother.
According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation
began in September after deputies got a report of an 81-year-old woman
who was recovering at a rehabilitation center in Kissimmee.
The woman had told the deputies that she had fallen in her room and
asked her son, Raymond Southerland, for help multiple times. She said
she lost consciousness and woke up in a pool of blood.
Investigators say after some time, Southerland called for medical
assistance. Deputies say he originally didn’t admit to harming her, but
said medication he takes causes him to black out.
According to doctors, the victim’s injuries weren’t consistent with a
fall, but rather abuse. Detectives say after interviewing both Raymond
and his wife, Debbie Southerland, they determined that the victim had
been abused and felony warrants were issued.
On Monday, both Raymond and Debbie Southerland were arrested and the next day, booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Raymond was charged with Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old,
Aggravated Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old, Aggravated Abuse of an
Elderly Person and Neglect of an Elderly Person with Great Harm. Debbie
was charged with Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old.
The victim is in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing.


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