Man was not abused
Despite authorities’ concern over his well-being, a 61-year-old man in a wheelchair said he was not abused by his daughter and others recently arrested on drug charges at his home.
“I don’t know where all of this came from,” John Wyper Sr. said Tuesday. “I am totally happy inside and on the porch.”
His daughter, Carrie Wyper, was one of four arrested last week after the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of alleged elder abuse and drug use.
She said that no abuse had taken place at the home on 13700 block of Ballantree Road.
“My father is a nervous wreck from this whole thing. It has been awful,” she said.
“My dad is totally fine.”
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office on March 3 responded to the home in the south end of the county after a resident in the area reported possible abuse and drug sales. Carrie Wyper, 33, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs, illegal possession of a hypodermic needle and being under the influence of drugs, all misdemeanors.
Wanda L. Bell, 49, of Grass Valley, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle, also misdemeanors. Tina L. Connelly, 35, of Central Point, Ore., was taken into custody on suspicion of furnishing drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Thomas L. Voight, 41, of Grass Valley, was arrested on the most serious charges: Possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana for sale, both felonies; and possession of a hypodermic needle and being under the influence of drugs, both misdemeanors.
Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force Investigator Sam Garland, who was inside the home, said the living conditions there were filthy.
“It was deplorable – dog feces all over the place,” Garland said. “No one bothered to let the dogs out. There was trash all around.”
Garland said he believed Wyper was dependent on the others who lived on the property.
“I don’t think he could leave,” Garland said. “He was confined to that area. It looked like he sat in that wheelchair all day long, smoking cigarettes and watching TV.”
Sheriff Keith Royal said that Adult Protective Services had determined, however, that Wyper was not being abused.
“There was concern initially that there was elder abuse,” Royal said. “That was not the case.”
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