Southington man pleads not guilty in case involving bedridden woman

Published on Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:25


SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man has pleaded not guilty to inadequately caring for a woman, leaving her in her own waste and without food.

Michael Flaherty, 47, of 500 Pleasant St., is charged with of third-degree abuse, intentional cruelty to persons and first-degree failure to appear. His arrest in February was the basis for a second arrest, in which he was charged with two counts of violation of probation.

During a brief hearing Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, Flaherty pleaded not guilty to all charges and formally denied violating his probation. The case was continued to Oct. 18.

According to police, Flaherty had power of attorney for a bedridden woman in July 2017, when he allegedly left her without food for what police called “an extended period of time.”

She was found lying in her own feces and urine, police allege.

Flaherty, who is free on bond, is on probation for two 2017 convictions - driving under the influence and violation of conditions of release.

Probation officials say he missed several outpatient treatment appointments while on probation.

While charges were pending in the elderly abuse case, Flaherty missed a scheduled court hearing on June 21 and was later rearrested.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:25. Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2018 21:27.