WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - A Burkburnett father of disabled twin adult daughters has been charged by police after they say both girls showed signs of exploitation.
David Hubert Decker, 78, has been charged with Exploitation of a Disabled Person, a third degree felony.
Police were notified on January 31 of a suspicious person, who turned out to be one of Decker’s disabled daughters. The daughter had wandered away from home, and was found to be thin, visibly dirty with what police describe as a pungent odor to her body.
An arrest affidavit says the woman “had a layer of crust all over her body, including a large ringworm on her back." Adult Protective Services were notified and the woman was taken to the hospital by an APS request.
Officers located Decker the next day in the 600 block of East College. The second daughter was located at the same time, and police saw she was in a similar state. She was also taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and malnutrition.
Court documents reveal APS contacted the Social Security Office to learn that the sisters get disability benefits of around $770 each per month. The $1,541 total is given to David Decker as he is listed as the guardian and caregiver.
Police say Decker exploited the sisters by improperly using the funds, and not providing medical services or care. They add, the father was aware that his disabled daughter had wandered away, but did not attempt to find her or contact police.