Elderly woman with dementia detained for months for feeding birds

81-year-old Mary Musselman
81-year-old Mary Musselman
81-year-old Mary Musselman

TAMPA, FL — An elderly woman who suffers from both Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has been locked away for months for the crime of feeding some birds on her own property.

Mary Musselman, 81, is a retired gym teacher who is described as gentle-hearted, sweet and harmless.  But her hobby of feeding wildlife has put her on the wrong side of the law.  A judge has evidently felt that her actions were so severe that he has kept her locked up for nearly 3 months.

Musselman is a repeat offender, and the final straw came when a spies from the Department of Fish and Wildlife found that the octogenarian had once again placed bread in her yard to feed some crows.  She was arrested and has been locked behind bars since January 29th.

Last year she was arrested for putting food in her yard to feed a black bear, which she believed would starve without her.  Following her arrest, the judge placed her on probation for one year.  Her subsequent bird-feeding stunt evidently violated her probation.

Mrs. Musselman suffers from an incurable brain disease which leads to loss of memory, confusion, and altered mood.  Despite this, her attorney’s request that she be housed with family members was denied.

“I understand the court orders need to be obeyed. But this woman, she’s mentally ill, judge,” said her attorney, William Fletcher.

They’ve also slapped a battery charge on her because she resisted the uniformed men who snatched her from her home.

Her former students have tried to bail her out, but she is being held without bond.

“I think it is outrageous,” said Karron Tedder, who was once taught by Mrs. Musselman in gym class.

While the kindly animal lover remains locked up in a cage, her husband is at home dying of cancer, with no children and no other caretaker.

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April 22:  Musselman is still detained and may finally stand trial for her egregious crimes.  Today a judge has ordered her to have 2 mental health evaluations before the trial is scheduled.  Her next court appearance is in June.

 

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1 Comment on Elderly woman with dementia detained for months for feeding birds

  1. Florida is one fucked up state Zimmerman can shot an unarmed Teenager with a soda and skittles. Casey Anthony can murder her two year old daughter, and Michael Cann can shoot a teenager over loud music and ALL walk Free but this old women gets locked up for feeding bears and birds OMG can you say fucked up justices system ?

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