A deputy found the 77-year-old mother of a rural New London man living in a trailer with virtually no heat, food or running water.
Donald K. Wing, 51, is charged with intentionally subjecting an at-risk individual to abuse. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Shortly after midnight on Oct. 17, 2014, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Strobusch attempted to make contact with Wing at his mobile home on Seefeld Road in the town of Caledonia.
A frail, elderly woman answered the door, said Wing was not home and allowed Strobusch to enter the trailer.
“Deputy Strobusch was shocked with the condition of the trailer home,” according to the criminal complaint.
He reported there was no running water, the toilet did not flush, panels were hanging from the living room ceiling, and there was fire damage near the wood stove chimney.
The trailer was extremely cold, as there was no heat except for a space heater in the woman’s bedroom, the complaint says.
The only food Strobusch found in the trailer were packaged meals that required water to prepare.
Strobusch reported that the woman was coughing and appeared sickly. He called an ambulance because he could not leave her at the trailer because Strobusch believed it was uninhabitable.
The woman was transported to ThedaCare Medical Center in New London, where staff reported she weighed only 64 pounds.
The woman told Strobusch she did not have any money and that Wing was taking care of her Social Security payments. She said she had not seen Wing for several days.
In December 2014, Wing was charged with felony hit and run causing injury, misdemeanor intimidation of a victim and disorderly conduct.
A jury convicted Wing of battery to an officer and resisting an officer in May 2009 in Winnebago County.