Caretakers charged with neglect, manslaughter after man drowns in backyard pool

Published 4:48 pm Thursday, August 27, 2020

A pair of Mississippi caregivers have been arrested after a man in their care was found drowned in a backyard pool.

Perry County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to an address in the town of Richton on Aug. 15 to a report of a possible drowning.

The 62-year-old male victim was pronounced dead later at the local hospital by Perry County Coroner Mike Malone.

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Investigators said they had evidence to charge the pair after reviewing the autopsy report.

Angela Vandevelde, 46, was charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult and felony hindering prosecution. She posted a $51,000 bond and was released.

Troy Thomas, 43, was charged with negligent manslaughter. He posted a $90,000 bond and was released.

Their case will now await a grand jury review.