Florida couple accused of abusing elderly mother
According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation began in September after deputies got a report of an 81-year-old woman who was recovering at a rehabilitation center in Kissimmee.
The woman had told the deputies that she had fallen in her room and asked her son, Raymond Southerland, for help multiple times. She said she lost consciousness and woke up in a pool of blood.
According to doctors, the victim’s injuries weren’t consistent with a fall, but rather abuse. Detectives say after interviewing both Raymond and his wife, Debbie Southerland, they determined that the victim had been abused and felony warrants were issued.
On Monday, both Raymond and Debbie Southerland were arrested and the next day, booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Raymond was charged with Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old, Aggravated Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old, Aggravated Abuse of an Elderly Person and Neglect of an Elderly Person with Great Harm. Debbie was charged with Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old.
The victim is in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing.