RACINE — A Racine woman accused of keeping her adult son with an autism-spectrum disorder locked in a basement, making him use a bucket for a toilet and shocking him with a dog collar will appear in court Wednesday afternoon to face criminal charges.
Racine County prosecutors charged Teri L. Allen, 51, of the 1700 block of Holmes Avenue, with being a party to the crime of intentionally subjecting an at-risk individual to abuse. She was charged one week ago, on July 10, after the man’s grandmother called Racine police June 4, requesting that a welfare check be conducted at the home where he lived with his mother and others.
The man, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the autism-related Asperger’s Syndrome, reportedly was found in the basement after his mother first obtained keys and unlocked the basement door. That’s where police reportedly found him sleeping, on a dirty twin bed without sheets, according to Allen’s criminal complaint.false
Allen allegedly told police her son “pees and poops in a bucket” that she provided for him, but he needs to knock on the door to be let out when he wants to brush his teeth and wash his face, the complaint stated. Allen also allegedly said she fed him through “a hole in the wall at times when she was busy and did not feel like walking around the kitchen to get to the basement door,” according to the complaint.
Her son has lived in the basement for about two years, the complaint stated.
Allen remains free on $500 cash bond, with her initial appearance set for Wednesday afternoon in Racine County Circuit Court.false
Last week, prosecutors also charged Sarkis “Sam” A. Asdigian, 43, also of the 1700 block of Holmes Avenue. He, too, is charged with being a party to the crime of intentionally subjecting an at-risk individual to abuse, according to his criminal complaint.
Asdigian’s initial appearance remains set for July 24, court records show.
The charge is a Class I felony. It is punishable by a maximum of 1 1/2 years in prison, up to two years on extended supervision and a fine capped at $10,000 if convicted.