Bedsores so severe they exposed son’s bone led to Norfolk couple’s arrest, court docs say

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Georgia (right) and Philip Arenz

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Before his parents were arrested, a disabled man was taken to a Norfolk hospital with wounds so severe his bone was exposed, court documents say.

When police found Jason Arenz — who has cerebral palsy — in the Harrell Avenue home, the 24-year-old was dehydrated and malnourished to the point that his ribs could be seen through his skin. He was also covered in fecal matter and bedsores so deep they exposed muscle, tissue and bone, according to court documents.

The open wounds were infected with maggots and insect larvae. Doctors believed he was likely septic from his condition, court documents state.

Jason Arenz was taken from the Norfolk home on May 22 and rushed to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. His parents, Philip and Georgia Arenz, were arrested that same day and changed the the malicious wounding and neglect of their son.

A detective described the Arenz’s family home as cluttered to the point of hoarding, filled “with piles of property with carved pathways throughout the residence to navigate,” court documents state.

Philip Arenz told police that his wife was their son’s primary caregiver, and that she’d noticed Jason Arenz’s bedsores a month prior and had been treating the wound with ointment, court documents state.

Georgia and Philip Arenz were denied bond in a hearing on May 29. The couple declined to speak with 10 On Your Side on Wednesday.

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