Seneca Man Arrested

Neglect Resulting in Death

Seth Stokes
January 29, 2018 - 3:17 pm

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man over the weekend on an upgraded charge related to a recent investigation into Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult.

Back on December 20th, the Sheriff’s Office issued a press release announcing the arrest of 57 year old Mack Adams Gaines of Henderson Drive on a charge of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult. 

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to Oconee Memorial Hospital late Monday afternoon, December 18th, at the request of paramedics in regards to a possible case of elder abuse involving a 92 year old female that had been lying in the floor of her residence since the previous Friday, December 15th.  The victim’s residence is located in the Seneca area.

The deputy contacted the Department of Social Services and the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

As the investigation continued and evidence was gathered in the case, it was determined that Gaines knew that the victim was lying in the floor but did not seek or provide adequate aid.

The female was vulnerable due to falling in the floor and being helpless and due to her age as well.

Adams was released on bond on the original charge on December 21st of last year.  He was given a $20,000 surety bond.

The investigator in the case received word that the victim in the investigation died on January 17th.  Based upon evidence gathered as a result of the investigations, the investigator determined that the victim died based as a result of the neglect and obtained an arrest warrant charging Gaines with Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult Resulting in Death.

At this time, Gaines remains in custody at the Detention Center as he was denied bond as he will have a bond hearing before a Circuit Court Judge.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

From the Oconnee County Coroner's Office:

Alma Louise Gaines, 92, of 689 Henderson Drive, Seneca, died at 3:24 am on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca. 

Ms. Gaines was presented and admitted to Oconee Memorial Hospital on December 18th, 2017.

Ms. Gaines reportedly sustained a fall several days earlier at her home. 

Due to the circumstances of her admission to the hospital, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department was notified and an investigation was initiated. 

Ms. Gaines was transferred to Hospice care on December 27th, 2017. 

An autopsy was performed on January 18th.  

Ms. Gaines died from medical complications secondary to her fall and neglect by a family member in providing her assistance.  

Her manner of death was classified a homicide

No further details will released by the coroner’s office. 

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