Mother of Newport woman in garbage-filled home appears in court

Mother of Newport woman trapped in garbage-filled home appears in court

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Gail Gann (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) Gail Gann (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)
Gann's daughter had to be rescued from her Old Sevierville Highway home filled with piles of garbage and her own feces. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) Gann's daughter had to be rescued from her Old Sevierville Highway home filled with piles of garbage and her own feces. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NEWPORT (WATE) - The mother of a bedridden Cocke County woman who authorities say was trapped her garbage-filled home for three years appeared in court Monday morning.

Gail Gann appeared in Cocke County Sessions Court on charges of physical abuse or gross negligence of an impaired adult after her 48-year-old daughter had to be rescued from her garbage and feces filled home.

In court, Gann said she understood the charges against her.

A judge denied Gann's request for a court appointed attorney, saying Gann is not indigent and that social security and funds she receives for taking care of her disabled daughter are more than enough to afford an attorney.

The judge also issued an order barring Gann from having direct or indirect contact with her daughter.

Gann's daughter had to be rescued from her Old Sevierville Highway home filled with piles of garbage and her own feces.

Cocke County firefighters had to cut a large hole in a wall to get to her.

The victim told detectives she had been living in piles of garbage and her own feces for about three years. The home had no bathroom. In three years, she'd never been taken out of the house.

Officials say Gann lived elsewhere and would only drop off food at her daughter's home.

Gann's next scheduled court appearance is October 30.

Her daughter, who police are not identifying due to regulations, is now in a nursing home, where police say all of her needs are being met.

6 News asked Gann once she left the courtroom what she thought about the charges and the conditions deputies say she allowed her daughter to live in.

She said she had no comment.

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