MARIETTA — The woman accused of running an unlicensed adult care home in Marietta has turned herself in on new charges of elder abuse, neglect and obstruction of an investigation.
A second person who police say is related to the case is now wanted on similar charges.
Raequel Alita Penny, 42, turned herself in to the Cobb County jail Monday morning on felony charges of elderly abuse, neglect or exploitation and cruelty to a person 65 years or older. She posted a $20,000 bond about five hours later and was released from jail.
Terry Catron, who had not been arrested as of Monday night, according to jail records, is wanted on felony elderly neglect and exploitation charges and misdemeanor obstruction of an investigation.
According to the Sept. 12 warrant, Penny and Catron are accused of depriving two women of medical care by not taking them to the doctor or giving them their prescription medications between April 19 and Aug. 21.
One of the women had an untreated pressure ulcer on her foot that had become infected, according to accusations in the warrant.
Catron is also accused of pushing another woman living in her home down the hallway and into a bathroom on Jan. 1, 2012.
Police learned of these additional accusations last Wednesday after a further investigation into the case by Marietta Police officers led them to another suspected unlicensed personal-care home in Atlanta.
Marietta and Atlanta officers found the remaining two of six people who were last living in Penny’s home, according to a release from Officer David Auld with Marietta Police.
“Those victims had been neglected medically and were taken to (Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta) for care and treatment,” the release states.
Catron is also accused of pulling the hair out of another woman three times between Jan. 1 and Sept. 11, 2012, in addition to confining two women in Catron’s home and denying knowing the whereabouts of Penny on Sept. 1 during an interview.
Penny’s arrest and the allegations against her and Catron come less than a week after Penny turned herself into the local jail on misdemeanor charges of operating an unlicensed personal care home at 981 Laurel Springs Lane off Powder Springs Street last Tuesday. She was released on a $1,000 bond the next day.
The investigation into Penny’s unlicensed home began on Aug. 21 after the Georgia Healthcare Facility Regulation Division received a tip that her home, which she reportedly rented, was in poor condition.
When officials arrived at the home, an employee would not let them inside. Police obtained a search warrant a few days later and then went back to the home but found it empty.
According to investigators, they discovered that day that there were four to six makeshift bedrooms made of plywood walls and no doors in the basement.
There also was only one bathroom without a shower or door and a refrigerator covered in bugs on the inside.