A nursing home worker let his ailing mother lie on the floor of their home for two days, stepping over her when he had to, police said.
When he finally called 911 and officers got to her, the 64-year-old woman was malnourished, dehydrated and soiled with her feces and urine, Nassau County police said. Once hospitalized, she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest and was in critical condition and on life support.
Lacy Reid, 45, of Freeport, a porter at a nursing home, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, which carries a maximum sentence of two to seven years in prison. The district attorney's office didn't know whether he had a lawyer.
"For whatever reason, he consciously disregarded the health of his mother and went off to work,'' said Lt. Kevin Smith. It appears his relationship with his mother was strained, Smith said.
The police report said the mother, whose name was not made public, fell in the kitchen on Tuesday. The son "continued to step over and walk around her while preparing for and returning from work, on Wednesday, and also Thursday morning,'' the report said.
Smith said it was not known what caused the mother's fall or what injury prevented her from getting up. She was not an invalid, he said.
Reid finally called police last night, by which time his mother had managed to drag herself toward the front door, where she was found lying face down, police said.
Reid, who is unmarried, awaited arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.