Woman arrested, accused of locking disabled sister in small closet for years

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, Mich. — A woman has been arrested for allegedly locking her 44-year-old sister in a small closet for years in her home.

Candy Lawson, of Corunna, faces charges of unlawful imprisonment and vulnerable adult abuse.

The victim is deaf and had other cognitive and physical impairments, according to police. She was given very little food and water and just a bucket for bathroom.

Police suspect it could have been going on for six or seven years.

“The victim was taken into protective custody and place with adult protective services,” said Deana Finnegan, the prosecuting attorney.

The victim, although unable to speak, was able to communicate to police that she wanted out of that closet.

“Right away, they could determine she was deaf so the officer wrote down on a piece of paper, do you want to come out and she said yes,” said Corunna Police Chief Nick Chiros

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