A 63-year-old Comer woman faces a criminal charge in the death of a resident in a personal care home on West Pine Avenue.
Florence Dykes was arrested Sept. 20 and charged with one felony count of Breach of Fiduciary Obligation For Person Over Sixty-Five (OCGA 16-9-6). The arrest was the result of an investigation which began Aug. 9, 2012 conducted by the Comer Police Department and the GBI Athens Regional Office. The GBI was requested by Comer Police Chief Dennis Bell to assist in the investigation of a death that occurred at a residence located at 326 West Pine Avenue, Comer.
According to a press release from Chief Bell, the investigation revealed that the West Pine Avenue residence housed several subjects who were not able to fully care for themselves. The investigation also revealed that Florence Dykes was overseeing the residence and its occupants. Law enforcement officials learned that Dykes had been previously been cited administratively by the State of Georgia Department of Health and Human Services for operating a personal care home without a license. The remaining residents that were residing at West Pine Avenue have been placed with family members or other appropriate locations.
Agents with the GBI obtained a warrant for Dykes on Aug. 30, but determined at that time that Dykes was located out of state. Dykes was arrested by officers with the Comer Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 20 when officers learned that she had returned to the Comer area. Dykes was transported to the Madison County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.