September 18, 2020

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

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.

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.