- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

WEBSTER, Mass. (AP) - A Webster man whose 96-year-old mother was found living in squalor has turned himself in and faces a felony neglect charge that is being questioned by his lawyer.

NECN reports (https://bit.ly/1NZyfm0 ) that 68-year-old Michael Robillard surrendered Friday at Dudley District Court. His lawyer, Mike Erlich, entered a not guilty plea and Robillard was released on his own recognizance. Robillard didn’t comment.

Webster officials say Helen Robillard’s home was cluttered with trash, had no running water and reeked of rotting food, fecal matter, ammonia from urine and raw sewage. Authorities say Michael Robillard’s house across the street was nearly as bad. Both houses were condemned.

Helen Robillard is now at a nursing home.

Erlich is questioning the charge. He says Michael Robillard was only charged because he is Helen Robillard’s son.

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