Three individuals have been charged after a 76-year-old man was found dead final 12 months in Pittsfield Township with 45 cats and canine, police mentioned.
Township officers had been dispatched to the house on Crane Road on Aug. 27, 2020, after kinfolk reported Andrew Nelson had died.
During the investigation, “officers famous quite a few canine and cats in the house, fecal matter all through the house, and doable flooding in the basement,” police mentioned in an announcement Tuesday. “The Huron Valley Humane Society was contacted and (it) launched an investigation into the residents concerning animal abuse.”
A search warrant led to the restoration of the canine and cats, which appeared uncared for and had been eliminated by the animal society, in response to the discharge.
The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner performed an post-mortem on Nelson and found indicators of neglect, ruling his loss of life a murder, police mentioned.
In July 2021, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office approved costs in opposition to the first caregiver, recognized as Karen Wibbeler-Nelson. The 41-year-old has been charged with:
- Open Murder, a felony punishable by as much as life in jail
- Second-degree weak grownup abuse, a felony punishable by 4 years in jail and a $5,000 tremendous
- Animals – Abandoning/Cruelty to 10 or extra, a felony punishable by 4 years in jail, a $5,000 tremendous, group service or any mixture
- Fourth-degree little one abuse, a misdemeanor punishable by 1 12 months in jail or probation as much as 5 years
Wibbeler-Nelson was arraigned in July via 14A-1 District Court and was scheduled for a possible trigger convention on Sept. 30, information present.
She was held on the Washtenaw County Jail on a $5 million bond. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Two different residents of the house even have been charged in the case.
Robert Nelson, 40, was charged with second-degree weak grownup abuse, animal abandoning/cruelty and fourth-degree little one abuse, police mentioned. His subsequent listening to is scheduled for Nov. 2, information present.
John Michael Stewart, 39, was charged with animal abandoning/cruelty. He waived a preliminary examination and was certain over for trial final month, courtroom information present.