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Hillsborough Deputies: Son Failed to Care for His Paralyzed Mother

James Paul Collins | Hillsborough Sheriff | Arrests

When his mother was admitted to the hospital in September, she was malnourished and covered in severe bedsores, according to Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies.

LUTZ – A Lutz man has been arrested in connection with the neglect of his mother, a functioning quadriplegic who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

James Paul Collins, 29, of Lutz, was charged with one count of neglect of an elderly or disabled adult.

Deputies said that Collins’ 58-year-old mother, who suffers from an advanced form of Parkinson’s disease and is a functioning quadriplegic, was admitted into Florida Hospital. At the time of admission, she weighed 50 pounds, was malnourished/dehydrated and was covered in severe bedsores.

Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives said they learned that, between September 2016 and September 2018, Collins failed to provide his mother with the basic needs required to sustain herself. Collins also ignored her visible wounds and failed to seek proper medical care.

After her admission to Florida Hospital, she was admitted into a long-term health care facility. On Oct. 19, she weighed 91.52  pounds, which, deputies said, indicated that her weight loss was the result of Collins’ neglect and not an eating disorder.

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Hillsborough Deputies: Son Failed to Care for His Paralyzed Mother
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When his mother was admitted to the hospital in September, she was malnourished and covered in severe bedsores, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies.
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