They arrested Richard Hardy of Riverton for neglecting to take care of his bedridden wife, Jean Hardy.
Jean Hardy suffers from M.S. and now she is removed from her trailer home after police got a 911 call about her condition.
“That neglect was leading to a deterioration to her physical health,” said Sim Gill, Salt Lake District Attorney. “There were open sores that were found on this victim, decaying skin."
Jean Hardy is currently in the hospital while her husband, Richard Hardy, is facing charges of elderly abuse and neglect. Prosecutors claim he refuses to let his grown up children visit their mother.
However, neighbors and close friends of the Hardy’s say the police might have been wrong about Richard Hardy. They say caring for the wife has been difficult for him.
"Unless you have 24 hour care which obviously he can't afford that's going to happen,” said their neighbor Richard Horton, “and who’s going to pay for Jeannie to live in a facility like that."
Horton says there is a family feud involving the Hardy children but it does not affect Richard's love for his wife.
“His life revolves around her,” Horton said. “She's been his wife for 20 or 25 years."