Sirens & Gavels

TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011, 11 A.M.

Man gets 6 mos. for mistreating mother

A 49-year-old Spokane man is to spend six months in jail for mistreating his elderly mother.

Scott Patrick Morris' mother, Patricia Morris, who has Alzheimer's disease, suffered from ulcers on her heels and ankles as well as bruising around her eyes, ears and arms when a social worker became concerned for her after Morris was admitted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in December, according to court documents.

Morris had previously said he didn't want his mother at a care center and he would care for her 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

His mother lost 20 pounds between October and December 2010 and suffered extensive bruising and abrasions on her body, as well as other health problems.

A friend of Morris told police that he blamed her nursing center for her health problems and had threatened to shoot the staff, documents say.

Morris was arrested for first-degree criminal mistreatment in May. He pleaded guilty to felony second-degree criminal mistreatment Friday and was sentenced to six months with credit for 95 days served.

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