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Suspect accused of drugging and stealing from grandmother

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 St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Investigators have arrested a 34-year-old man accused of purposely inducing narcotics to his 78 year old grandmother.

According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Captain Megan Vizena, "Todd Richard of Arnaudville was charged with cruelty to the infirmed, exploitation of the infirmed and distribution of schedule II drugs."

Vizena stated, "We received an anonymous tip that the elderly victim was being abused by her grandson.  After speaking to the victim, it was learned that she had given Richard over $7,000 since January to pay her bills. She discovered her bills were not being paid after her water was disconnected for over 3 weeks. Detectives interviewed Richard and he admitted to slipping narcotics into his grandmother's food to make her sleep while he would smoke crystal methamphetamines in her attic."

"Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, not even our elders. They are usually our most vulnerable victims and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. If you notice changes in a senior's personality or behavior, you should start to question what is going on. Remember, it is not your role to verify that abuse is occurring, only to alert us of your suspicions," Vizena added.

Richard is being held at the St. Landry Parish Jail with no bond.

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