AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Augusta C.A.V.E task force conducted an operation at an unlicensed personal care home at 1027 Moseley Road in Augusta.
Operation Unity; named to reflect the inter-agency unity that was in response to the investigation in which 14 organizations came together to uncover 2 men that were unfairly and grossly neglecting 5 elderly residents.
The task force was following up on an investigation in which an alleged boarding home at 1027 Moseley Road was housing 5 disabled residents in a dilapidated trailer.
Upon investigation, the trailer was deemed unsanitary with no centralized air conditioning and was cockroach infested. As for the residents, they required medical treatment for scabies infestations. One resident was hospitalized due to a wound from a dog attack that had been left untreated. All 5 residents were transferred to a licensed care facility that day.
Arrest warrants were obtained for Gaynell Hymel and David Fulcher after it was revealed that they were being paid to take care of the residents living at 1027 Moseley Road.
Two other personal care homes that Hymel maintained at 1015 and 1029 Moseley Road were searched upon obtaining warrants. These two homes were being used to attract residents, but then move the most isolated of victims to the trailers with the sub-par living conditions.
A coordinated response was required due to the number of disabled adults, including Veterans that were living in the two homes operated by Hymel and Fulcher. C.A.V.E called upon the following organizations to assist in Operation Unity:
- The Augusta C.A.V.E Taskforce
- Augusta District Attorney's Office
- US Department of Veterans Affairs/ Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
- Forensic Special Initiatives Unit
- Adult Protective Services
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Healthcare Facility Regulator
- Augusta Fire Department
- Richmond County Mayor's Office
- Richmond County Sheriff's Office
- Hephzibah Police Department
- Department of Community Supervision
- Augusta Animal Control
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Additional assistance came from Piney Grove Baptist Church and Chic-Fil-A, Robert C. Daniel branch
Over 80 state and volunteer personnel were utilized for this operation.
The operation was successful, and 17 disabled adults were safely assessed and relocated.
Gaynell Hymel was arrested for felony neglect of a disabled adult (three counts) with more arrests to come.
David Fulcher fled the scene before the task force arrived, and is currently WANTED for three charges of felony neglect of a disabled adult.
Robert Hymel, living in one of the personal care homes, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a magistrate court bench warrant.
Hal Gaddis, living in one of the personal care homes, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine (63 grams) and $4000 in cash.
This investigation is ongoing; Investigator William Loomer is the point of contact.