PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Anthony Couluris lives down the street from the Port St. Lucie home of 93-year-old Rose Bamonte, and her caregiver daughter, 50-year-old Roberta Bamonte, in the 2000 block of SW Franklin St.
"I would help out," he said, of his assistance to his neighbors. "Cutting the grass because nobody was cutting the grass."
Couluris said Roberta used to be a "hoarder." Police say the inside of the home looked deplorable in 2011, when Roberta was arrested on a charge of elderly neglect of her mother.
City of Port St. Lucie Code Enforcement reports show there have been 13 code enforcement violations in the past eight years.
Reports say in 2011, the house was "unsanitary," and inside it was "infested with bugs and insects," "filled with trash, feces, urine and debris."
Couluris is worried once more, because he hasn't seen any garbage cans on the curb in three months.
"I went in there, and seen that the garage was getting filled back up again," he said.
This week, Roberta was put under a Baker Act. Both she and her mother Rose were taken to the hospital, where Rose remains.
Police reports say Rose had bedsores, and there was feces on the bathroom floor. Port St. Lucie police say Roberta is not capable of caring for herself, her mother, or her house.
The Department of Children and Families said they will not comment on the case because of confidentiality, but a code enforcement report said the DCF initiated the pending complaint to City Code Enforcement.
When Roberta returns home, she faces two citations, for an inoperative vehicle and missing soffits.
"It's not Roberta's fault," said Couluris. "She does have issues, but somebody needs to do something about it."
Couluris said he can't help the two as much as he would like, because of his own neck injury, but he'd like to see them get some kind of assistance.
"I just don't understand why the ball gets dropped on these people," he said.
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