A Pleasant Grove man is facing felony charges after paramedics found him, his mother and four dogs reportedly living in “horrendous” conditions inside a trailer in Pleasant Grove.
Mackey Alexander Featherstone, 51, was charged on Thursday with intentional aggravated abuse of an elder adult, a second-degree felony.
On Jan. 24, he reportedly called the Pleasant Grove Police Department because his 78-year-old mother, Donna Featherstone, was breathing irregularly.
“Upon arrival at the residence, paramedics described the living conditions of the residence as horrendous — the worst they had observed in their careers,” charging documents stated.
First responders moved the woman off a couch and found she had been sitting in her own feces and urine. The woman said she had not been moved off the couch in two weeks, police reported.
“Paramedics also observed a bed sore on victim’s right leg that was almost the size of her entire right thigh,” charging documents state.
She was transported to the emergency room and died the next day of septic shock due to pneumonia, influenza and a necrotic wound in her right leg, police reported.
In interviews with police, Featherstone “was adamant that he did everything he could to take care of his mother,” court documents stated.
He also stated he had trouble with personal hygiene and didn’t know how to care for someone else’s hygiene. He claimed his mother had only been on the couch for three days, and he couldn’t smell the feces and urine because he had the flu for two weeks.
“Basically he was saying when he had the flu, taking care of his mother wasn’t a priority,” police reported.
Investigators discovered another sibling had been trying to get their mother into a nursing home, but Featherstone had made statements about harming himself if his mother moved out.
Prosecutors determined that Featherstone “intentionally and knowingly caused or permitted Donna Featherstone to be injured, or caused or permitted her to be placed in a situation where Mrs. Faetherstone’s health was endangered.”
He is being held without bail at the Utah County Jail. The next court hearing is set for April 15.