WATERBORO — A 51-year-old Waterboro woman, who had agreed to care for an 85-year-old man in his Waterboro home in exchange for rent, faces charges of terrorizing for allegedly failing to help the man after he fell out of bed.

A visiting nurse discovered the man in his Waterboro home Monday morning, and reported the incident at 11:30 a.m., according to the York County Sheriff’s Office. He told her that he had fallen out of bed and had been trying to rouse Debra Long, who he said was supposed to be helping to look after him. He banged on the pipes and the walls but was unsuccessful, the sheriff’s office said.

Long had agreed to provide assistance to him in exchange for rent, he told authorities. Long allegedly ignored his cries for help and threatened to tie him to the bed if he tried to get up without assistance, according to sheriff’s office.

Long denies the accusation and said she didn’t hear the man crying for help, according to the sheriff’s office. Long was charged with a misdemeanor and released on $300 bail and ordered not to go near the victim.

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