A woman and her daughter have been arrested on charges that they financially exploited her disabled father and that their failure to care for him properly led to his death, according to police and court records.
Patricia Yvonne Williams, 50, along with her daughter, Samantha Patty Williams, 37, both of 100 Cortland Road, Apt. A., were indicted last month on involuntary manslaughter and abuse charges in the 2018 death of 78-year-old Pearlie Lee Williams Jr.
Patricia Williams was arrested on Feb. 6 and Samantha Williams was arrested on Monday by the Greenville Police Department.
Court documents indicate Pearlie Williams did not receive proper hygiene and medical care while the two women were living in the apartment as his caretakers.
The documents also state that the women opened up joint bank accounts in Pearlie Williams’ name.
“It was later determined the two women financially exploited their father and grandfather by accessing his bank accounts and spending thousands of dollars of his money,” said Kristen Hunter, public information officer for the police department.
Prior to Pearlie Williams’ death, a relative asked the department to conduct a welfare check. Officers found the victim to be in “very poor condition,” Hunter said.
The Department of Social Services took custody of Williams and he later was hospitalized and died due to his prior lack of care and maltreatment, Hunter said.
Patricia Williams is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, two counts of exploit/disable elder trust, domestic abuse of a disabled elderly adult inflicting serious physical injury and involuntary manslaughter. Records indicate she in not in jail. Her next court date is on March 2.
Samantha Williams is charged with two counts of exploit/disable/elder trust, domestic abuse of a disabled elderly adult inflicting serious physical injury, obtaining property by false pretenses and involuntary manslaughter. She remained in custody at the Pitt County Detention Center on Thursday under a $200,000 bond. Her next court date is on March 5.
Also on Monday, police were called by Patricia Williams to investigate a break-in at the Cortland Road apartment. According to the case report, the incident occurred about 6:40 p.m. A safe and its contents valued at $80 were stolen from the home. A door frame also sustained $50 in damages.