Updated: December 14, 2012, 6:48 p.m.
Spartanburg Public Safety investigators have upgraded charges against 63-year-old George Leventis. He has been charged with abuse or neglect resulting in the death of a vulnerable adult.
Updated: December 14, 2012, 11:49 a.m.
Authorities are investigating the death of a 104-year-old woman they say had been neglected by her son.
Police found Demetra Leventis at a Spartanburg home Tuesday. Authorities said she was lying in her own feces and had fist-sized bed sores filled with maggots.
A home health nurse said the woman's son told her to leave when she asked him for help cleaning up his mother.
Leventis was hospitalized for an infection, and her 63-year-old son, George Leventis, was arrested and charged with neglect. On Friday, the county coroner's office said the mother had died and that an autopsy was scheduled for later in the day.
It wasn't known if George Leventis had an attorney.
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Posted: December 5, 2012
A man has been arrested after he allegedly abused and neglected his 104-year-old mother.
Captain Regina Nowak of Spartanburg Public Safety said that 61-year-old George J, Leventis, of Spartanburg, was arrested Wednesday and charged with abuse or neglect with great bodily injury of a vulnerable adult.
The incident report states that a home health nurse called police after she went to Leventis' home and found his mother sitting in her own feces. The woman also had open wounds, which contained maggots.
Police say the the nurse asked Leventis for his help in cleaning up his mother, but he told her to do it tomorrow because he had to go to a doctor's appointment and for her to leave the residence. The report further states that the nurse contacted her supervisor and the supervisor told her to call police and go back to the home.
When Spartanburg Public Safety, EMS and the nurse arrived at the home, an officer broke out a glass window to get inside the home and found the woman slumped over a couch. The woman was wearing only a short shirt and was wrapped in a sheet, according to the incident report.
Investigators described the home as "hoarder-like" and said that the woman's mattress was stained with urine and feces were on the carpet and wall of the home.
Warrants obtained from Public Safety allege that Leventis "knowingly" and "intentionally" neglected and abused his mother by failing to provide care, goods and services necessary to maintain her health. As a result, the warrants states that the woman suffered great bodily injury.
Leventis is currently being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing. His mother is being treated at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, police said.
Elderly advocates say, if you suspect abuse to call 911 or local authorities immediately.
"Caregiving for aging parents is a growing problem and it is something that our community is not paying enough attention to,” said Senior Action Executive Director and CEO Andrea Smith.
Senior Action in Greenville provides various events and connects people with resources in the community. The goal is to keep elderly people active and not alone.
Eldercare Locator is national program that can connect caregivers with local resources for someone they’re caring for that lives out of state.
The S.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging has workers across the state that can help both seniors and caregivers find healthcare, housing, and financial assistance.
"A lot of people are afraid to ask or don't know who to ask,” said Barbara Jurduno with the Office on Aging.