CAMPTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In June 66-year-old Gerald Keith Bush was found alive after spending 72 hours in the Red River Gorge. Police are now saying that search could have been prevented had his son not left him alone. That son, 43-year-old Gerald Wayne Bush, is facing two felony charges.
Gerald Keith Bush was lost in the woods until a bloodhound tracked him down. His family told us he suffers from Alzheimer's. But police say the only reason he was in the Gorge in the first place was because his son took him there. On Thursday Gerald Wayne Bush was in court answering to a charge that he left his father alone while he went for a walk with his girlfriend.
"At any time they could disappear on you. About like a kid, one minute they'll be there, the next minute they'll be gone away from you," said Deputy Gary Smith of the Wolfe County Sheriff's Department. Smith arrested Bush after an indictment was handed down.
Deputy Smith says because of his father's mental state leaving him alone was a crime. Bush is charged with abuse and neglect of an adult and wanton endangerment. At his arraignment today his court appointed lawyer asked the judge to reduce his $95,000 bond, but the judge refused.
"You hear about it all the time where people neglect elderly people and stuff and we take it very seriously it is like child abuse and stuff like that anymore," said Smith. "Anyone caught mistreating an elderly person, let them know they will be punished to the highest extent."
Bush's girlfriend, Michelle Smith, also faces charges from the incident. She's due in court next week.
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