Gwinnett County Police say they found Bong Lee under a tree and wrapped in a blanket near her home in Buford.
A Buford couple has been charged with elder abuse after the woman’s 86-year-old mother escaped from a room in which she had been barricaded, police said.
Bong Le, 86, was discovered outside, wrapped in a blanket and smelling of urine Wednesday evening, according to Gwinnett County Police. Neighbors had called officers to the location, on the 3500 block of Rosecliff Trace in Buford, after seeing her.
Using an interpreter because Lee only speaks Vietnamese, police went door to door before eventually finding her home, on the 3400 block of Blanding Court. According to a police report, officers found furniture that had been stacked up to block a walkway to the home’s kitchen.
Lee lives at the home with her daughter, Katie Son, and son-in-law, Christopher Huynh. According to the report, Huynh told officers the barricade was to prevent Lee from walking into the kitchen and possibly starting a fire by turning on the stove.
In Le’s bedroom, officers found animal urine mats laid out next to a mattress on the floor. The floor had multiple stains on it and the room smelled of urine, officer J.R. Sorensen said in the report.
Son and Huynh told police they put a towel under the door to the room to keep the smell from spreading to the rest of the house.
Police say they learned that Le is regularly left in that room for entire work days — from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The couple said they leave food and water in a chair for her. Another daughter lives in the neighborhood and sometimes comes to check on Le after school, they said.
Son and Huynh were arrested and charged with elder abuse. They were both released from Gwinnett County jail on a $5,700 bond. Le was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the police report.
Photo courtesy Gwinnett County Sheriff’s office