A Sullivan County woman has been arrested for allegedly neglecting her elderly grandmother, whom she was entrusted to care for, leading to the victim's hospitalization.
Kayla Watson, 25, of 1704 Paperville Road, Bristol Tenn., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. She's charged with willful abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult.
SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart said police first became aware of the situation on March 15, when contacted by other concerned family members. A relative of the 75-year-old victim had reportedly picked her up for a doctor's visit, immediately noticing that something was wrong.
A physician then hospitalized the woman, according to police, as she was malnourished and dehydrated. At the time she was admitted she was also suffering from pneumonia.
SCSO detectives have since learned Watson had moved in with her grandmother earlier this year, under the premise of providing her with essential care. Watson's alleged lack to do so is believed to have spurred the victim's poor condition, prompting her charges and arrest.
On Thursday afternoon the victim's condition was not immediately available. Earhart said an investigation is continuing with additional charged pending.
Following her Tuesday arrest, a Sullivan County judge set Watson's bond at $2,500. It was posted Wednesday and she was released.
Just prior to that occurring, her husband was arrested in the jail parking lot. Police say Derick Watson, 30, had arrived to pick up his wife, but he himself was wanted on a warrant for violation of probation.
While sitting in a vehicle he was approached by officers, at which time he reportedly claimed not to have a photo ID , then offered a false date of birth and Social Security number. Police confirmed Derick Watson's identity and took him into custody on the outstanding warrant. He was additionally charged with criminal impersonation.