OSCODA COUNTY, MI – Herman Ritchey Jr. died in 2012 from alleged adult abuse and neglect against him by his daughter and son-in-law.
The Oscoda County Prosecutor has charged both Rachel and Carl Bruce of Mio, Michigan with three felony charges: homicide-felony murder, first-degree vulnerable adult abuse and second-degree vulnerable adult abuse. Rachel and Carl Bruce were the sole caregivers for 73 year old Herman Ritchey, Jr. when he died in October 2012.
Investigators combed through Ritchey’s medical history, financial records and prescription drug history and found that Herman Ritchey, Jr. had not been treated by a doctor since March 2011. Prior to his death, Ritchey, had been receiving a substantial amount of money from veteran and social security benefits.
Herman Ritchey’s death was reported on October 24th, 2012 by Carl and Rachel Bruce. As per protocol, Law enforcement and the medical examiner responded to the scene.
According to authorities they found Herman Ritchey, Jr. located in a secluded bedroom, severely malnourished, and with large open sores and scabs on his body. He had also allegedly had been left clothed in soiled clothing for not less than two days.
According to the medical examiner’s report, Ritchey died of malnutrition due to dementia and neglect.
Carl Wayne Bruce and Rachel Lynn Bruce were arrested by the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Department on July 24th, 2014. They were arraigned on the charges July 25th, 2014 in Oscoda County’s 81st District Court.
The pair is currently lodged in the Ogemaw County Jail in West Branch, MI. Bond was denied based on the severity of the alleged offenses.
If convicted of murder, Carl and Rachel Bruce could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Mio, Michigan is village located in Oscoda County. It has a population of approximately 2,000 people.