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Woman faces neglect charges after special needs adults found in filthy home

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

We're learning more about the case involving a family that police say was living in filth.

Sixty-six-year-old Nancy Thompson pleaded not guilty to neglect charges after police found her two mentally challenged children and four year old granddaughter living in deplorable conditions at a home on Rocky Hill Terrace.

Thompson appeared in Fayette District Court for a hearing. However, she and her attorney chose to waive the charges to a grand jury. Thompson is charged with 2 counts of knowingly neglecting an adult. Her attorney, though, says there's another side to the story.

Nancy Thompson stood before the judge today, only to announce she would waive the scheduled hearing. Thompson is facing neglect charges because police say her home on Rocky Hill Terrace in Lexington, where she was taking care of two mentally handicapped adults, was in horrible condition.

One was her 41-year-old daughter, and the other, her 21-year-old adopted daughter. Police say there was trash in the home, very little food, and animal feces.

After her appearance in court today, Thompson's attorney says a lot of questions surround the allegations.

"There was kind of a rush to judgment, as far as what other people said. Sometimes when you see something that looks like abuse, different people have different perceptions of the same event," says Dennis W. Shepherd, Thompson's attorney.

Nancy Thompson also frequently watched over her four-year-old granddaughter. The girl's mother, Kelly Thompson, lived upstairs in the same house, and she is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor for letting her daughter be exposed to such conditions.

After the brief court hearing, Thompson was taken back into custody.

Thompson's attorney asked that her $10,000 bond be reduced, but the judge denied the request.

Authorities tell 27 NEWSFIRST that Nancy Thompson was very sick herself at one point and has battled cancer.


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