Madison County Woman Faces up to Fifteen Years in Prison

September 25, 2012

In Madison County, a Comer woman faces up to 15 years in prison for running a personal care home without a license after one of her residents was found dead in August.

Comer police Chief Dennis Bell said he called for the GBI’s help after going to the personal care home at 326 West Pine St. in Comer on August 9th.

“The investigation is being conducted by agents with the GBI Athens office and Comer police,” Bell said. “We did have a death (in the home) and on August 9th, I was called to the home and saw there was a need for the GBI to get involved in the investigation. On Thursday, September 20th, GBI agents and Comer Police investigators along with Madison County Sheriff’s investigators arrested 63-year old Florence Dykes.”

Bell said the investigation revealed that the West Pine St. residence housed seven subjects who were not able to fully care for themselves.   Florence Dykes is charged with one felony count of Breach of Fiduciary Obligation for a Person over Sixty-Five.

The resident found dead inside Dykes’ home August 9th is identified as Charles Hudson, age unknown.  Bell could not say how Hudson may have died because the investigation by the GBI is ongoing.

Agents with the GBI obtained a warrant for Dykes’ arrest on August 30, but she was out of state. She was arrested last week when she returned. No word on who was taking care of the residents of her personal care home while she was away.

During the initial investigation, Bell said law enforcement officials also learned that Dykes had been previously cited by the state for other violations.

“We found out that the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services had actually cited her previously in civic court for operating a personal care home without a license,” Bell said. “At that time, we then moved the remaining residents out of her home and placed them either with relatives or into a another state-certified facility where they would be safe.”

Dykes is currently in the Madison County Jail.  Bell said Friday she will likely face even more charges once the investigation is concluded. If convicted on the first charge, Dykes could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and fined up to $100,000.