88-years-old mother remains padlocked in home overnight after son was caught buying drugsBy Mason White 5:05 PM July 28, 2015
By: Feng Qian
An elderly woman was left abandoned in her home after her son was arrested.
68-year-old Bernard Hicks of Gainesville, Florida, was arrested twice after his mother, who suffers from dementia, was found padlocked in his home.
Hicks was arrested on Wednesday, on charges of neglect of an elder after he was accused of leaving his 88-year-old mother locked inside his home while he was buying crack cocaine.
Hicks was initially pulled over by police for failing to stop at a stop sign, according to the arrest report.
An officer observed Hicks put something in his mouth and then saw a white residue, which appeared to be crack cocaine, on his hands.
Hicks allegedly said that his hands were white after he shook the hand of another man. Hicks was charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.
The next day, police received a call from a family member of Hicks, saying that the 88-year-old woman was locked in the house.
Hicks allegedly told officers that he padlocked the door because he was only going to leave his mother alone for 10 to 20 minutes so he could buy crack, but then he was arrested, causing her to be locked in overnight.
Hicks posted $5,000 bail before he was arrested again for neglecting an elderly disabled adult without great harm.
He was booked again into the jail and bail was set at $25,000.
The elderly woman now lives with her granddaughter.