COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An arrest affidavit is just released in a "He said, She said" horrific case of suspected elder abuse. 50 year old Dennis Foust was arrested for crimes against at-risk adults. On January 24th, 86-year-old Margareta Foust was found on the floor in the family's home in the 1900 block of Kodiak Drive. Officers say Margareta's bedding was saturated with urine and covered with feces. Officers stated, "When the soiled bedding was removed it was noted that the patient had sores on her entire right leg where she had been lying on the ground."
Her son Dennis told officers his mother wouldn't let him call 9-1-1 and "he decided that he needed to call today as his mother was complaining of pain to her entire right leg from the buttocks to her foot. Ms Foust described the pain as a burning sensation." Dennis Foust told officers, "His mother refused to let him call 911 because she didn't want to go back to a care center."
Officers say when they asked both how long Margareta had been on the floor, Dennis said five days, Margareta said seven.
Margareta also told officers, "Her son refused to provide any assistance to her while she was there on the ground. She said that he walked over or around her and called her names during the time that she was on the floor. She added that he threw Gatorade bottles at her for her to drink, but provided no other assistance."
Neighbors told us that Dennis had lived with his mother, Margareta, at the family home for more than 30 years. They were shocked about him being accused of the elder abuse of his mom. They described 50-year-old Dennis as a sweet man. They also said Margareta was a loving woman.
I talked with Silver Key Senior Services, which is an organization that helps the elderly. Lorri Orwig with Silver Key tells me her organization has been working with the Foust family. The last contact a case manager has had with the family was on Valentine's Day. That's roughly three weeks after Margareta was found on the floor.
Silver Key says if you ever have a question about your elderly neighbor's safety don't wait to call them. Silver Key's number is 719-884-2300. Adult Protective Services is 719-444-5755. If you believe a senior or anyone else is in a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 immediately.