By Joe Johnson
A Watkinsville man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his 63-year-old father in a case that involves allegations of neglect, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.
The incident unfolded on Dec. 27 when deputies responded to a call for a man having difficulty breathing at a home on Old Mars Hill Road. Upon arrival they found Arthur Kenneth Stanton in severe medical distress, and he was transported to the hospital
Deputies noted that Stanton had been living in unsanitary conditions and not receiving proper care over a prolonged period, the sheriff's office said.
His son, 45-year-old David Allen Stanton was subsequently charged with reckless conduct and neglect of an elderly person.
Arthur Stanton died the following day at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens.
A subsequent investigation revealed that his death most likely resulted from the negligent care provided by his son, according to the sheriff's office, and the inquiry also implicated another resident of the home, 61-year-old Sandra Dee Bass, for failing to provide care to Arthur Stanton.
On Tuesday a felony murder warrant was issued and served on David Stanton, and Bass was charged with felony neglect.