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Sandy man charged with elderly abuse of mother found lying on floor for 3 days

A man accused of leaving his elderly mother lying on the floor for three days in her own feces, and illegally withdrawing money in her name, has been charged.
A man accused of leaving his elderly mother lying on the floor for three days in her own feces, and illegally withdrawing money in her name, has been charged.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A Sandy man has been charged with leaving his elderly mother lying on the floor for three days in her own feces and illegally obtaining a loan in her name.

Anthony Leichtle, 49, is charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult, a second-degree felony; exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a third-degree felony; and violation of a protective order, a class A misdemeanor.

In March, a nurse went to the 73-year-old woman's home and found her "lying on the floor covered in her own urine and feces," according to charging documents.

"(The woman) stated that she laid on the floor for three days and did not remember eating or using the bathroom," the charges state.

The woman told police her son did not talk to her during that time.

"(Leichtle) said he was unable to take care of (his) mother because she was too sick," according to court documents.

He gave the nurse his mother's medical information "and told her to 'figure out' what to do" with her, the charges state. She was taken to a local hospital and was found to have several injuries, including problems with her kidneys.

"(The woman) is now unable to walk or get out of bed," charging documents state.

The mother had taken out a protective order against Leichtle in 2011, according to court documents. Despite that order, detectives learned that in 2015, Leichtle secured power of attorney over her, the charges state.

In January, Leichtle took out a loan for just under $300 in his mother's name at Solutions Loan, 2723 W. 3500 South, according to court records. The loan was taken out at a rate of 469.29 pecent and required repayment in 12 installments of $118.91 each for a total of more than $1,500, police say. Leichtle made one payment of $25 but then told the company that his mother was in a care facility and refused to make any more payments, the charges state.

A warrant was issued for Leichtle's arrest and he was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Friday.