Monterey man found with maggot-infested wounds, caregiver pleads guilty

File photo of a jail cell.

MONTEREY COUNTY (BCN) — A Soledad man pleaded guilty Thursday to felony elder abuse for neglecting his elderly father, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said Ralph Garcia, 55, was the caregiver of his 85-year-old bedridden father in August of 2014 when officers conducted a neglect investigation and discovered numerous large, open ulcers to the victim’s hips and lower back area.

As a result, he was transported to the hospital where it was discovered the ulcerated sores were infected with maggots inside of them, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said a Good Samaritan contacted Adult Protective Services after observing the victim’s condition and understanding he was not receiving the proper care.

Garcia is set to be sentenced on Aug. 5 by Judge Pamela Butler.

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