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Son accused of abusing father denied lower bond


A man accused of neglecting his elderly father was denied a lower bond Tuesday and was returned to the Logan County Jail.

James  R. Miller, 44, of 1294 Campbell Drive, was charged last week with fourth-degree felony assault with notation that the crime involved an elderly person; fifth-degree felony failure to provide care; and first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.

He allegedly failed to provide adequate care to his father, Clair Miller, 83, who was transported by a Bellefontaine squad from the home to Mary Rutan Hospital on Sept. 10.

“The defendant was responsible for caring for his father,” Chief Logan County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said during Tuesday’s hearing before Logan County Municipal Court Judge Ann Beck.

Mr. Stewart said Clair Miller has difficulty with his vision and physically caring for himself.

Medical staff at MRH reported he had cat feces caked in his hair and on his feet when he arrived at the facility. He also was dehydrated.

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