Man arrested after elderly woman found with 2nd, 3rd degree burns

Published 3:18 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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VIDALIA, La. — A Vidalia man has been arrested after an elderly woman was found with second and third-degree burns on her body.

Junior Derozan, 70, has been charged with cruelty to the infirm and abuse and neglect of adults as a result of the incident.


On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Vidalia Police Department responded with the Vidalia Fire Department to a home located on Walnut Street.

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Upon their arrival, officers discovered an elderly female who had suffered second and third-degree burns down the right side of her body beginning at her hairline and extending down to her hip.

After being evaluated at Trinity Medical Center, the burn victim was airlifted to a burn center for further treatment.

Officers learned that the victim suffers from dementia and was left alone in the home.

This case is ongoing and more arrests are pending, officers said.

Vidalia Police Chief Joey Merrill thanks his officers and investigators for their continued hard work and dedication to the citizens of Vidalia.

“My department and (I) care deeply for the senior citizens. To see this happen in our community to one of our own truly hurts our hearts and it will never be tolerated in our community,” Merrill said.