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Woman Charged With Abuse by Caretaker

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - A Gans woman is facing up to 10 years in prison after she was charged with abuse by caretaker.

A felony arrest warrant was issued June 11 for Rebecca Ann Davis, 35. Her bond was set at $10,000.

On Nov. 2, 2020, a Sequoyah County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a residence east of Gans in reference to an unattended death. Ernest Robert Sills was found in a travel trailer that was parked behind a mobile home at the residence.

When the deputy arrived, EMS personnel were already on the scene. EMTs told the deputy that when they arrived, they saw Sills' daughter, Rebecca Davis, carrying a clear plastic container of bleach water from the mobile home to the travel trailer. Davis told the paramedics she was going to clean up her father's body, which had several open wounds with maggots present.

Davis told investigators that she was the primary caretaker for both her parents. Her mother, Connie lived in the mobile home with Davis and her children. Davis said her father lived in the travel trailer because he was “uncooperative.” She said her father was being treated by a Dr. Guthrie in Fort Smith, Ark., for his open wounds, but no record of that was ever discovered.

Davis also said she handled her parents' finances. A subpoena was sent to Arvest Bank for financial records, which revealed that there were sufficient funds available for nursing home or home health care for both parents. Each month the accounts for Davis’s parents were withdrawn to low levels only days after their deposits were made by Social Security.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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