Suspect jailed in elder abuse case

Michelle Auddrey Hall

Michelle Auddrey Hall

TUCKER -- Two days after Gwinnett Police first interviewed a suspect in an elder abuse case, she was booked into the Gwinnett jail.

Michelle Auddrey Hall, 51, was charged with cruelty to a person 65 or older and false imprisonment in a case where she allegedly handcuffed and shackled a 66-year-old woman to a table in an apartment in Tucker on Monday. While detectives initally released Hall following an interview because of "insufficient probable cause," Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said on Friday that, "the detectives just needed a little more time to complete their investigation."

Hall remained in jail on Friday.

An exterminator found the victim on Monday at 2802 Preston Lake Drive, in the Lakeview Estates Apartment Complex, handcuffed and shackled to a table in the apartment's sunroom before he called 911.

When a police officer arrived, the officer said he found the woman conscious and breathing, but she would not talk with police.

The officer wrote in an incident report that the woman, a Decatur resident, did not have injuries to her hands or ankles, but appeared to be in a confused state.

"She would lay on the floor and immediately get right back up, then attempt to walk away from us when we tried asking her questions," the officer wrote.

Hall's mother told police she was the victim's legal guardian said she had a court order that allowed her to restrain the woman because she would do harm to herself, the report said.

Medical personnel attempted to diagnose the victim at the apartment, but eventually transported her to Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth.