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Police say Louisville woman abused and neglected her mother

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Melissa Self (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Melissa Self (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville Metro Police have arrested a woman after they say they found her mother living in filthy conditions.

Melissa Self, 42, was arrested Monday afternoon at a home in the 1200 block of Cedar Court, between South 11th and South 12th Streets, near Baxter Park after police say she left her mother alone for several days.

Officials say Self had been living at the home and serving as her mother's caregiver.

Police say the victim had been yelling for help from her residence for several days. When police and EMS workers responded, officials say the victim was found in a recliner chair and had been unable to walk.

Police documents state the victim was covered in bedbugs, fleas, feces and urine. Police also say the woman was "severely dehydrated and in a poor condition." The victim was taken to U of L Hospital, where "the victim had to be decontaminated due to being covered with feces, bed bugs and fleas."

Officials say the woman told them she had been left alone for several days.

Workers with the Health Department, Housing Authority and Animal Control all responded to the scene, officials say. Authorities state that the victim's home was covered in trash, bugs, dirty diapers and feces.

Records show that the residence was "declared to be hazardous and officials with the Health Department and workers were required to wear protective suits before going inside the home."

Self was arrested and charged with neglect of an adult.

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