‘She was stuck to the car seat’: husband abandons disabled wife in his bakkie for five days

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MIchael Redmon's mugshot. He left his wife, Sherrie, in his pickup truck for five days. (PHOTO: Franklin County Detention Center)
MIchael Redmon's mugshot. He left his wife, Sherrie, in his pickup truck for five days. (PHOTO: Franklin County Detention Center)

WARNING: This article contains detail that could be distressing to some readers.

It’s a shocking case of abuse that has made headlines in the US. Sherrie Redmon (48), who is disabled, spent five days trapped in her pickup truck until paramedics had to be called to remove her because “she was stuck to the seat” and covered in her own excrement.

Michael Redmon (51) her husband, was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal abuse and is being held at Franklin county regional jail in Kentucky, US.

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Sherrie, who reportedly has “cognitive challenges” and is unable to walk, had asked her husband to take her to hospital on 12 July, but he instead put her in the vehicle, which was parked outside their home, and left her there.

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Frankfort Regional Medical Center where Sherrie is receiving medical treatment. (PHOTO: Google)

She begged him to take her to hospital or let her out of the bakkie, but he allegedly ignored her, according to the police report. While he did give her food and water, he wouldn’t let her leave.

Five days later he drove her to hospital where paramedics were called to help get Sherrie out of the vehicle, as her skin was sticking to the seat. She was also covered in her own urine and faeces, which a nurse said were also leaking out from the passenger-side door.

Her body was covered in sores, her skin “was deteriorating,” according to the police report, and gangrene had started in parts of her body.

Hospital medical staff alerted police and Michael was arrested. “We responded to the hospital because they were so concerned about her body and the condition she was in,” a police spokesperson told the Daily Mail.

Sherrie is still in hospital and a court date hasn’t yet been set for her husband to appear.

SOURCES: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, NEWSWEEK.COM. LAWANDCRIME.COM, KENTUCKY.COM, THEDAILYBEAST.COM

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