Port Neches man claims sisters hiding mom, wants court to intervene

Kelly Holleran Jan. 4, 2011, 5:33am

A Port Neches man has filed suit against his sisters, alleging they have hidden his mother from him and have threatened that he won't see her again until she is dead.

Charles Lindy McBride claims his sisters, Glenda Sue Hearn and Janelle M. McBride, have removed their mother from a nursing home and refuse to inform any of their family members of her whereabouts.

"Janelle M. McBride [is] implying that, 'They will not see her again until she is in a coffin!'" the complaint says.

In his complaint, Charles McBride wants the court to order his sisters to disclose his mother's location.

He also wants the court to revoke a medical power of attorney dated Jan. 4, 2008. At the time his mother signed the paperwork, Charles McBride claims she was not in the right frame of mind. She was the victim of fraud when she signed it, according to the complaint filed Dec. 17 in Jefferson County District Court.

Not only have his sisters hidden Charles McBride's mother from him, but Janelle McBride has also taken a $107,000 certificate of deposit from Wachovia Bank that belonged to his mother, the suit states. Now, she refuses to account for where the funds have gone, the complaint says.

Charles McBride is asking the court to prohibit his sisters from spending any of his mother's money and from making health care decisions on behalf of his mother. He also is seeking attorney's fees and other relief the court deems just.

H.P. Wright of Wright and Pitre in Port Neches will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court.

Case No. D188-980

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