James Chewning

Photo of an elderly man wearing glasses and Methodist religious vestments.Name: James Chewning.
Died: November 1, 2017.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Saluda, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

James’s stepson, who had financial power of attorney over him, took him out of the retirement home where he had lived since his stroke. To access his money, his stepson tied him to the bed and gagged him, refusing him medical care and beating him while he drained James’s bank account. James died from abuse and neglect.

James was a retired Methodist minister. He is remembered as “a man of God”, mentor to his community, kind and caring.

Perpetrator: Donald Chewning (Stepson), pleaded guilty to abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death, sentenced to 22 years; Amber Nicole Trent and Nicole Krystyn Chewning (Granddaughters) and Kathy Laine Chewning (Daughter-in-law) charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death.

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