When discussing the different facets of neglect, a person's basic needs are usually brought to mind - food, water, shelter, and clothing. Neglect is actually a form of abuse. Most think of children when neglect is an issue at hand. Did you know that neglect is a factor in 60% of child deaths investigated nationwide? Yet only 1 in 3 people who are concerned that a child is being neglected report it. This brings to mind the current Gwinnett County court case in the media now where a stepmother, Tiffany Moss, was convicted and sentenced to death for killing her stepdaughter by starvation initially then burning the body to death. The father and husband plead guilty and was sentenced to life because he testified against his wife. The 10 year old stepdaughter was found dead in the bathtub at 32 pounds in 2013. This is an extreme case of neglect, but this happens more often than you realize. So many questions were posed by the jury and the prosecution against this parent. Was there financial hardship involved? Did the stepmother have a vendetta against her husband? How long was the starvation period? Was the stepdaughter ill causing her lack of appetite? Did this mother have any other children? Where was this child's grandparents or other family members? A lot of these questions were answered, but many were not because the stepmother chose to represent herself at the trial and not go on the witness stand at all.
Children are not the only victims of neglect though and basic needs are not the only catalyst of neglect. Lack of attention, emotional affection, adequate amounts of care, and financial control can also evoke neglectful nuances usually in adults. A good example of neglect experienced by adults is marriage financial control elicited by one of the spouses. These couples do not usually complain of financial distress, but one partner is identified as the financial manager while the other is deemed not taken care of properly. This can either be due to the amount of the disbursement of money weekly or monthly. It can also be deemed neglect by a spouse's health needs not being met regularly. Reports of a spouse removing all of the money from their joint bank account in an effort to control the other partner's spending habits and social life constitutes abuse and truly is unhealthy for any relationship. The elderly are frequent victims of this type of financial abuse or neglect as well. If you think that you or someone that you know is a victim of neglect, feel free to reach out to us at 678-310-7151. We hope to hear from you soon and will definitely provide you with a safe haven to get all of the assistance you need.