Son charged for death of elderly father found covered in waste and insects, police say

Man arrested after father, who later died, found in horrible living conditions

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge police officers charged Wayne Warren, 58, for cruelty to the infirmed and manslaughter in connection with the neglect death of his father, William Warren, 95.

Officers say they discovered William in a Mayhaw Drive home Feb. 5 suffering from numerous sores on his body.

William was covered in waste, maggots, and other insects, officers wrote in arrest documents.

Officers claimed William’s face was stuck to the side of a recliner’s armrest when they found him.

William later died on Feb. 7 from his injuries after being brought to the hospital.

When questioned, Wayne allegedly told detectives he thought his father would “rebound like he has before,” police documents state.

A search of the home revealed deplorable conditions, officers said.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner attributed William’s death to neglect, police said.

Based on WAFB’s previous reporting, experts project the state is on track to meet or exceed the number of elder abuse cases recorded in 2019. If you or someone you know suspects elder abuse, you can report it by calling 1-833-577-6532 or 225-342-0144.

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