A married couple in Florida were arrested earlier this week, accused of abusing the man’s mother.
According to Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began in September after deputies got an investigation of your 81-year-old woman who had been recovering in a rehabilitation center in Kissimmee.
The woman had told the deputies that they had fallen in the room and asked her son, Raymond Southerland, for help many times. She said she lost consciousness and awoke within a pool of blood.
Investigators say over time, Southerland requested medical attention. Deputies say he originally didn’t admit to harm her, but said medication he takes causes him to black out.
According to doctors, the victim’s injuries weren’t in line with a fall, but abuse. Detectives say after interviewing both Raymond with the exceptional wife, Debbie Southerland, they determined how the victim was abused and felony warrants were issued.
On Monday, both Raymond and Debbie Southerland were arrested and the next day, booked into Osceola County Jail.
Raymond was arrested for Battery a Person Over 65 Years Old, Aggravated Battery using a Person Over 65 Years Old, Aggravated Abuse connected with an Elderly Person and Neglect connected with an Elderly Person with Great Harm. Debbie was arrested for Battery over a Person Over 65 Years Old.