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2 Flint women charged with abusing emaciated man

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Genesee County authorities have arrested two women after an elderly man in their care was found emaciated and in septic shock due to bed sores.

County Sheriff Robert Pickell said 36-year-old Melissa Bardoni and 61-year-old Alice Bitters were charged with first and second-degree vulnerable adult abuse after the 67-year-old man arrived at a Flint hospital earlier this month. He weighed 53 pounds.

"It really upsets me. It really does," Cameron Mataya said.

Mataya lives just a couple of houses from where an alleged elder abuse took place. Police said behind the walls of the house on Maplewood Avenue, Mataya's 67-year-old neighbor was found in serious condition suffering from what the sheriff calls a sickening case of neglect. 

"He was emaciated, malnourished and that he had infected sores. In fact the sores on his back and his hip and other parts of his body went right to the bone, what we call stage four where they go right to the bone. And that he was in septic shock. That is, he had so much infection in his body, it went into shock," Genesee Count Sheriff Robert Pickell said.

The sheriff said the man's two caretakers, his reported girlfriend Alice Bitters and her niece Melissa Ann Bardoni, have been arrested and charged with both first and second degree vulnerable adult abuse. Felonies with first degree carry a 15 year sentence if convicted.

Neighbors on the street just can't believe what happened.

"That's not right man. That's like taking candy from a baby, it really is. It's heartless. Why would you do that to an elderly person. I mean they can't fend for themselves. It's just wrong," Mataya said.

He said after hearing about this case, he'll keep even more of a watchful eye on his neighbors and neighborhood.

Pickell said Adult Protective Services contacted the sheriff's department July 14 after the man was placed on life support.

Bardoni's attorney Patrick Allen declined to comment when contacted by the Flint Journal. The newspaper couldn't reach Bitter's attorney Richard Ponsetto for comment.

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