Crowley Police responded to the Acadia General Hospital on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at approximately 5:45 p.m. in response to an alleged Cruelty to the Infirmed.
Upon arrival, officers spoke with extended family members of the elderly victim, who advised that they had gone to check on the elderly relative, and discovered her in a very weak condition with bandages on her legs and ankles. The family member further stated that when she went to check the wounds that were bandaged, that some were extremely discolored and even had “maggots in the sores.” It is alleged that the victim may have been bitten by a rat and possibly a large number of roaches that were located in the house.
Officers questioned the two persons of interest, Raymond Hoffpauir, 57, and Dustin Welch, 27, who are the caregivers for the elderly patient, residing in the house. Upon being advised of their Miranda Rights, both chose to give a voluntary statement to officers. Both, at first, denied any negligent behavior in the care of the elderly victim, but after further questioning, admitted to being negligent in the care of the elderly victim, to the point that some of the bandaging on the wounds had not been changed in days. It was also discovered that the elderly patient had not received needed insulin injections from the caregivers in about two to three weeks.
Due to the negligence, both Hoffpauir and Welch were arrested for Cruelty to the Infirmed and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail Facility on a $25000 bond each.
The elderly victim, at press time, remains in the hospital receiving care and Adult Protective Services has been contacted to continue the investigation.