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Son faces abuse charges



A Bellefontaine man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly abusing his elderly father at their cat infested home.

James R. Miller, 44, of 1294 Campbell Drive, was charged with fourth-degree felony assault with notation that involved an elderly person; fifth-degree felony failure to provide care; and first-misdemeanor domestic violence.

A Bellefontaine squad was called Monday morning to the residence on the report of unconscious man who was breathing.

Clair Miller, 83, was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital where hospital staff noted there was caked feces in his hair and on his feet.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department were able to interview him and he gave them permission to review medical records of his treatment that day.

While talking with officers, Mr. Miller said his son had shoved him to the floor. He reportedly told medical staff the son also struck him several times.

The victim told police he was having trouble finding his medications among his son’s clutter on the kitchen table and that the son was angry with him for failing to clean up after 18 cats in the home.

Yet, he told officers, his son would not allow him to take the cats to an animal shelter.

Officers found piles of feces in the unkempt house. They reported it reeked of cat waste.

Officers did not find obvious signs of physical abuse, but noted there were medical issues raised in the hospital diagnosis that could be signs of abuse.

Mr. Miller would not file a complaint against his son. Still, officers took evidence to the Logan County Prosecutor's Office and obtained an arrest warrant for the son.

The son was lodged in the Logan County Jail.

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