DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News followed DeKalb County police Thursday as they cracked down on personal care homes they say were operating without licenses.
Police and five other state agencies told Channel 2's Ryan Young they identified locations and the owners of the illegal facilities in unincorporated DeKalb.
The efforts were in response to ongoing investigations and new legislation that increases the penalty for those accused of engaging in these activities.
Police arrested 69-year-old Terentia McIntosh, who told Young she hasn't done anything wrong and believes it's a misunderstanding.
At a second location, Evette Britton didn't say much as police took her away Thursday afternoon.
Both were charged with operating an unlicensed personal care home, which is a misdemeanor.
Channel 2's cameras rolled as seniors were taken out of one of the homes they visited.
Detectives said those the seniors were bed ridden and in need of real care, which they said they were not getting at the home.
DeKalb County Detective D. Poythress described what investigators found inside one of the homes.
"We did find signs of neglect. The refrigerators and freezers had locks on them. In some cases, the food was being brought at certain times of the day," Poythress said.
Authorities told Young they hope the raids send a strong message to others in this industry
now that police will be looking for this kind of activity.