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Man charged with neglecting bedridden wife

By Katie McKellar

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:35 p.m. MDT

RIVERTON — A Riverton man is facing one count of aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult after police say he neglected his bedridden wife to the point she needed hospital care.

Richard Hardy, 51, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court, the charge is a second-degree felony.

A Unified Police detective discovered Richard Hardy's 55-year-old wife, bedridden and diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during an investigation of a domestic violence complaint at the Hardy's residence, according to the charges.

The woman was transported May 8 to Riverton Hospital for treatment required due to a lack of sanitary care, charges state. A bedsore measuring about 5 inches in diameter was found on her back, along with open sores on the insides of her knees, near her feeding tube. Other irritations were discovered on her face, scalp, ears, legs and feet, charges state.

A doctor at Riverton Hospital determined the woman was suffering from severe sepsis, encephalopathy, as well as Multiple Sclerosis, according to the charges. Family members told police Hardy had limited their access to his wife.

— Katie McKellar

Email: kmckellar@deseretnews.com

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