BANGOR – A Winterport man was charged with endangering the welfare of a dependent person after sheriff’s deputies found his elderly father strapped to his couch.
Waldo County sheriff’s Deputy James Porter was asked to check on the welfare of the Winterport man back in April.
“He found that he was actually strapped with a ratchet strap to the couch and some rope, and was found to be in his own urine,” Chief Deputy Jason Trundy said Monday in a phone interview.
According to the court affidavit, the deputy found the elderly man in only a T-shirt and boxers with visible abrasions at the School House Road home of his son, Michael Underhill, 56.
The sheriff’s office was contacted by the Waldo County District Attorney’s office on April 9 after they receiving an anonymous tip that indicated Underhill’s father was being mistreated, Trundy said.
The chief deputy said Underhill’s father was taken to the hospital and through the state’s Adult Protective Services was provided a safe and secure place to live until his death earlier this year.
According to the affidavit, Michael Underhill told detectives that a doctor had instructed him to keep his father’s legs elevated, which is why a rope was tied around his legs. He added that the ratchet strap attached to the couch was for support.
Underhill was indicted by the Waldo County grand jury late last week on the Class C felony crime.
If convicted of the endangering charge, he could face up to five years in prison.