Police: Man arrested after two emaciated adults in his care die

Police: Man arrested after two emaciated adults in his care die

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An Evansville man is facing two counts of neglect of a dependent causing seriously bodily injury and two counts of exploitation of an endangered adult.

Gilbert Williams, 58, was arrested late Monday night.

Investigators tell us Mark Freece was found dead inside the North Bedford Avenue home without any clothes on, very thin and appeared malnourished.

Officers added in a back bedroom was Freece’s elderly mother who was covered in her own feces, also appeared malnourished, and was only able to make grunting type sounds.

Paperwork reads that trash and uneaten food was spotted throughout the home.

“I didn’t know they were that bad off,” neighbor James Ham said.

Katheryn was taken to the hospital, but died four days later.

During the investigation, police identified Gilbert Williams as their caregiver who says he was given between $250-300 weekly to buy food and supplies for the mother and son. Detectives noted Williams had received nearly $20,000 in checks written from two accounts held by the Freece’s since December 1, 2019.

“I hope this guy doesn’t get away with it,” Ham added.

A man related to the investigation shared with officers that Mark Freece caught Gilbert Williams stealing money from him and was told to stop, and that Williams extorted money from the family by threatening to no longer care for them.

“They needed somebody there around the clock, and that wasn’t the case,” Ham explained.

An autopsy was conducted on Kathryn. The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s office ruled her death a homicide, partly related to ulcers resulting from caregiver neglect.

Bond for Williams is set at $5,000.

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