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Man arrested for abusing his grandmother

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ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Man accused of purposely inducing narcotics to his grandmother. 

According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, Investigators have arrested Todd Richard, 34, of Arnaudville for abusing his 78-year-old grandmother. Richard was charged with cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of the infirmed and distribution of schedule II drugs.

According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Captain Megan Vizena, they received an anonymous tip that an elderly victim was being abused by her grandson. After speaking to the victim, Vizena said it was learned that she had given Richard over $7,000 since January to pay her bills. She discovered her bills were not being paid after her water was disconnected for over three weeks. Vizena said detectives interviewed Richard and he admitted to slipping narcotics into his grandmother's food to make her sleep while he would smoke crystal methamphetamines in her attic.

"Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, not even our elders. They are usually our most vulnerable victims and depend on others to meet their most basic needs," Vizena said. "If you notice changes in a senior's personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on. Remember, it is not your role to verify that abuse is occurring, only to alert us of your suspicions."

Richard is being held at the St. Landry Parish Jail with no bond.

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