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Stanley man accused of neglect after bedridden wife found with leg wound

Bobby Dean Armstrong, 72, of Stanley has been charged with neglecting his bedridden wife — forcing her to lie in her own excrement and not getting her treatment for an open leg wound that was covered with maggots.
Bobby Dean Armstrong, 72, of Stanley has been charged with neglecting his bedridden wife — forcing her to lie in her own excrement and not getting her treatment for an open leg wound that was covered with maggots. Photo courtesy

A Stanley man has been charged with neglecting his bedridden wife — forcing her to lie in her own excrement and not getting her treatment for an open leg wound that was covered with maggots.

Bobby Dean Armstrong, 72, is charged with one felony count of neglect of an elderly person with serious injury. His wife, Janet Groner Armstrong, died in September at Carolinas Medical Center, where she was transferred because of the extent of her injuries.

It’s unclear why Janet Armstrong was incapacitated or how long authorities believe she was confined to a bed in their home on Sifford Road.

The injuries weren’t from abuse, but were from what Detective Capt. Tim Johnson with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office called “the worst case of neglect I have seen” in 25 years in law enforcement.

Authorities learned of the woman’s condition when Bobby Armstrong went to the EMS base on Highway 16 to request help for his wife. He was released under a $100,000 unsecured bail.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

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