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Stevens County Man Pleads Not Guilty to Neglecting Senior

COLVILLE, Wash. – The 79-year-old caregiver accused of neglecting his 105-year-old patient pleaded not guilty in a Stevens County pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of mistreatment.

John Friedlund, who goes by the name Herb, pleaded not guilty and a judge set a trial date of August 8.

Authorities found 105-year-old Frances Swan living in a home stacked with newspaper and garbage while investigating an animal abuse complaint last month.

Neighbors say Friedlund left cars in Swan's yard and filled the area with trash when he started taking care of her years ago.

Friedlund was reportedly a family friend who promised Swan's late husband he would care for her if the husband died.

Sgt. Jim Caruso with the Stevens County Sheriff's Office said Swan was trapped in her home and asked him for food when they found her.

Swan was taken to a Colville area nursing home where authorities say she is doing well. She has since celebrated her 106th birthday.

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