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CROWN POINT — A 72-year-old man was removed from a New Chicago home earlier this month after he told authorities his son beat and neglected him, according to court records.

Mathew J. Franco, 45, was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with neglect of a dependent, battery of an endangered adult and domestic battery, all felony offenses.

Police were dispatched for a neglect report Feb. 16 at a home in the 200 block of Huber Boulevard in New Chicago, according to records.

Franco was arrested at the home on an outstanding warrant in Porter County. He was charged in that case Jan. 18 with misdemeanor battery.

Police and state welfare workers met with Franco's father, who had blood on his lips and a cut on his neck. He told authorities, in tears, he was abused by his son, which left marks “everywhere” on his body, records state.

The authorities noted the man, who used a wheelchair, slept on a mattress without sheets and one pillow. A plate of crushed crackers and a meal-replacement shake were on a bedside table.

The father said he could not remember when he last ate. He was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center, where medical staff noted he had a history of strokes and Alzheimer's Disease.

He was later transferred to a Chicago hospital due to internal cranial bleeding, records state. Medical staff noted he was malnourished.

The authorities recommended the father be placed in an adult foster care facility or nursing home.

Franco is not afforded bond on the charges.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.