Woman arrested for neglect of elderly victim

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A woman, being sought on felony elderly neglect charges by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, was apprehended early Wednesday morning.

Just after 6 a.m., November 7, 46-year-old Stephanie Hutchinson of Bonifay, FL, was located in Bay County and taken into custody on two active felony warrants.

At the request of healthcare personnel, WCSO deputies responded to a welfare check on Johnson Road in September of 2018. The elderly victim was found to be in poor health and covered in feces and urine upon arrival.

During the investigation, Hutchinson was named as the legal caregiver of the victim and an arrest warrant was obtained.

Hutchinson, who has been booked on one count of neglect of an elderly person and the outstanding warrant for violation of probation, was placed on probation in 2017 following an arrest for selling methamphetamine.

If you have any knowledge of crimes being committed, or tips, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. You may also contact us anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.