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Hole cut in home to remove woman

Published: 8:40 AM, 09/17/2013 Last updated: 8:41 AM, 09/17/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Emergency personnel said they had no choice but to cut a four-foot by eight-foot hole in the outside wall of a residence on Old Sevierville Highway in order to rescue a handicapped, bedridden woman living in unsanitary conditions, the Cocke County Sheriff's Office reported.

Officers were dispatched to assist EMS to reach 48-year-old victim. The living conditions were horrendous, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported.

Whitmer said he and Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Ochs observed that victim was bedridden and "living in extreme filth."

The report stated that the front door was barricaded with garbage and would only open about 10 inches. "There was garbage piled in the home above waist-high on every square inch of the floor," Whitmer stated in his report.

For more details, see Tuesday's edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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