• Everett man accused of neglecting elderly mother, leaving her tied up and without food

    By: Joanna Small


    EVERETT, Wash. - Investigators say an Everett woman was tied up by her son and given very little food or water for as long as two weeks.

    “The allegations, as you read, are abhorrent,” the Snohomish County prosecutor said Monday in court in Everett where Kenneth Strandt made his first appearance.

    The police officer's words were even stronger than that—in court documents the officer said Kenneth Strandt's mother's skin condition was the worst he'd ever seen.  Her body-- the officer wrote-- was covered in her own feces and sores; her skin was falling off in places.

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    The officer said the woman was dehydrated and had hardly eaten in weeks; the refrigerator contained only mayonnaise and soda. The stench in the house was so bad, the officer said he had to speak with Kenneth Strandt outside.

    “I had absolutely no idea he would do anything like that," Debbie Curtis said.  Curtis said she moved into the neighborhood just outside Everett 25 years ago, around the same time as the Strandts.

    She says they kept to themselves until the last few years.  Curtis says the woman gardened and asked for help finding a roofing company.

    "The son worked a lot. He had more than one job so he was gone most of the day and I knew she was over there by herself a lot and she was frail,” Curtis said.

    Curtis said the last time she saw the woman -- before Friday, when she watched her being taken away in an ambulance -- was about three weeks ago, almost as long as police believe the woman may have been laying there.

    "That's hard to hear that she would have been suffering and she's in a condition now where she might not make it,” Curtis said.

    Strandt is facing charges of criminal mistreatment of a dependent and unlawful imprisonment.  He's in the Snohomish County jail on $150,000 bond.

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