Marietta police said they will upgrade the charges against Raequel Penny, the Cobb County woman accused of running an unlicensed eldercare home. Investigators said Penny will be charged with felony elder abuse and elder neglect.
Thursday morning Penny spoke out for the first time since she turned herself in Tuesday night.
"My hope is today the public will only look at the facts and not the untruth of the stories that have been out in the media," Penny said.
Police said the home in the 900 block of Laurel Springs was in bad condition, featuring a broken refrigerator with rotten food inside and sheets used as ceilings.
But Penny disputes the accusations.
"I do take issue with the facts of possibly feeding elderly people dog food. I take issue with the fact of pictures of a refrigerator that was not working at the time, unplugged and in the garage and due to be picked up," Perry said.
Penny also said despite what many may believe, she never tried to hide from police.
"I was never on the run. When I knew of a warrant, I was immediately on the phone in contact with Sgt. Carter and together we planned and decided when and how I would turn myself in, and did just that," Penny said.
Detectives said their investigation is not over and more charges could be filed if additional problems are uncovered.
Penny said she will be vindicated.
"I definitely will continue to care for the elderly," Penny said.
Investigators said a total of six people were living in the home in question.
Detectives said they interviewed the final two residents after Atlanta police found them living in an unlicensed eldercare home in the Atlanta. Police said those interviews led to the upgraded charges against Penny.
A warrant has also been secured for an alleged accomplice named Terry Catron.
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