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Warrant: Man withheld food, medication from 87-year-old Blythe woman found dead

An arrest has been made in connection with the “suspicious” death of an 87-year-old woman in Blythe.
An arrest has been made in connection with the “suspicious” death of an 87-year-old woman in Blythe.(Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 12:06 PM EDT
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BLYTHE, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - An arrest has been made in connection with the “suspicious” death of an 87-year-old woman in Blythe.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested Clifton Brady in the death of Pauline Lankford. He has been charged with neglect to a disabled adult, elder person or resident. No word on if any other charges are forthcoming.

Lankford was found dead in a lawn chair in the front room of a County Line Road home Tuesday morning.

Lankford, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said, had been dead for some time and had not been taken care of by her daughter and son-in-law who lived with her.

According to warrants, Brady did not bathe, feed, or give medication to Lankford for several days while leaving her in the lawn chair.

“The residence was very unkempt and nasty,” Bowen said in a statement.

Lankford’s body has been sent to the GBI Lab for an autopsy.

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