PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. --A woman claims her brother is innocent of charges he neglected his girlfriend's 23-year-old disabled daughter, who was found locked in his room on Wednesday.
Authorities say the disabled woman weighs just 42 pounds. A judge has ordered the victim's mother and her boyfriend held without bond.
Felicia Clements listened as a judge read the charges against her. Her boyfriend Gavin Evans sat right beside her. They're accused of neglecting Clements' daughter Shakia Jackson.
PHOTO: The living conditions where the woman was found
Jackson was found living in squalor on a soiled mattress, covered in bed sores, insects and feces. She also weighs only 42 pounds.
Clements and Evans are accused of abusing Clements' other children as well, by making them sleep in the same room as Jackson, which Clements partially refuted.
"Only two kids (were) left in that room," Clements said. "The other little girl slept in the room with us. The little boy slept in the living room."
Eatonton, Ga., police found Jackson in a bedroom inside a New Street home. They called it one of the worst neglect cases they've ever seen. The judge ordered Clements and Evans held without bond.
Monica Davis, Evans' sister, says she doesn't know if the charges are true.
"It's heartbreaking," she says.
But after the hearing, Davis insisted her brother tried to get help for Jackson, but that Jackson's mother refused to listen.
"And he even told her, but she didn't do anything about it," Davis said. "He wanted to get her help. She just smiled, and shrugged it off."
Minutes after her brother and Clements left the courtroom, Davis said police should drop charges against her brother.
"It wasn't his fault, because he tried, and she didn't do anything," Davis said.
Jackson was listed in stable condition at a hospital.
Clements and Evans will get another bond hearing before a Superior Court judge.