Osceola County – On October 12, Osceola County Sheriff's detectives arrested Raymond Sutherland and his wife, Debbie Sutherland.
Raymond was charged with Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old, Aggravated Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old, Aggravated Abuse of an Elderly Person and Neglect of an Elderly Person with Great Harm. Debbie was charged with Battery on a Person Over 65 Years Old.
The investigation began in mid-September when deputies took a report regarding an 81-year old female who was recovering at a temporary medical rehabilitation center in Kissimmee.
The victim told deputies she had fallen in her bedroom and asked her son, Raymond, on several occasions for assistance. She lost consciousness and when she woke up, she lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
After some time, the son called for medical assistance and she was taken to the hospital. Detectives spoke with her son who initially did not admit to harming his mother, but said he couldn't remember because he takes medication that causes him to black out.
Doctors told detectives the victim's injuries were not consistent with a fall, but instead appeared to be from abuse.
Based on this information, detectives interviewed Raymond and Debbie regarding the care of the victim. It was determined, Debbie and Raymond both physically abused the victim and detectives obtained felony warrants for their arrest.
In addition, Raymond was charged with Elderly Neglect for not initially providing medical assistance for the victim. On October 13, both suspects were booked into the Osceola County Jail.
The victim is in critical condition and the investigation is on-going at this time.
Raymond Sutherland (DOB 5/8/59), 1914 Hughey Street, Kissimmee, FL
Debbie Sutherland (DOB 5/1/61), 1914 Hughey Street, Kissimmee, FL
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