BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield woman is in jail and being charged with felony elder abuse after Kern County sheriff's deputies found the woman's 73-year-old mother living in deplorable conditions.
Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Civil Unit were enforcing a court ordered eviction at the home located on Cottonwood Road near Highway 58. They found that 34-year-old Tamra Lynn Camp was living there with her elderly mother.
Deputies say the one bedroom apartment was infested with rodents, littered with various soiled items and dog feces. They say 13 dogs occupied the apartment.
Further investigation revealed the apartment had running water but no working toilets.
Deputies say a strong pungent odor in the apartment hindered the investigation requiring them to wear disposable paper respirators while completing their investigation.
23ABC spoke to Camp at the downtown jail Friday, July 4. She says the living conditions aren't her fault, but that the landlord won't fix the problems in the apartment.
"I just didn't have the energy or the strength to do much more than what I was doing, I was trying to help my mother out the best I could," said Camp in an interview with 23ABC.
Camp's mother has been put into the care of Kern County Adult Protective Services.
Camp plead no contest to the felony elder abuse charge and will be sentenced in August.
Camp's bail is set at $50,000.
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