Sun City West Woman Charged With Keeping Kid in Poo-Ridden Home, After 87-Year-Old Man Found Handcuffed to a Bed

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Tara Ann Bergland-Haugo von Rothlisberg
A Sun City West woman was charged with child abuse after Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies found a 14-year-old kid living in a house littered with the feces of more than a dozen dogs and cats.

That was only after deputies found an 87-year-old man handcuffed to a bed, who was "wearing a diaper that appeared not to have been changed for a very long time," the Sheriff's Office says.

Tara Ann Bergland-Haugo von Rothlisberg, 56, was running that household, the MCSO says.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, an employee of a solar-panel company went to the home for a scheduled appointment, where he noticed that it smelled absolutely awful.

Out of concern that something may have happened to an elderly person, the worker phoned up the cops.

Deputies searched the house, finding nine cats in one room, four dogs roaming around, and an elderly gentleman wearing nothing but a diaper handcuffed to a bed.

Aside from being handcuffed, the man was also tied down with soft restraints, and was laying in his own feces, according to the documents.

In addition to that, the man also appeared to be "very thin and malnourished," and was taken to a hospital.

Rothlisberg showed up to the house during all this, and let deputies know that was her uncle handcuffed to the bed.

She said she was the one who "cares" for her uncle, and when she showed up at her house at 12:30 p.m. yesterday, she mentioned that she'd left her uncle that way since the previous night, according to the documents.

Rothlisberg said she bought the handcuffs online, and said she restrains him to the bed because "he gets out of bed and falls a lot."

She said she had no idea it would be against the law to tie someone to a bed, adding that her mother, a retired nurse -- whom she'd been driving around all morning -- actually suggested the idea.

When she left the house that morning, she left him handcuffed because "he wasn't awake yet, so [she] decided to leave him like that," according to the documents.

After adding in that her 14-year-old daughter lives at the house too, deputies decided to ask her what was up with the dog and cat shit all over the house.

Rothlisberg said she didn't have time to clean the house because she was driving her mother around.

The sheriff's office adds that temperatures were higher than 90 degrees in every room of the house, except Rothlisberg, who had an air-conditioning unit in her bedroom.

Child Protective Services is now involved, as Rothlisberg was booked into jail on both elderly abuse and child abuse charges.

Her uncle's still in the hospital in stable condition.

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Bigcock
Bigcock

What Piece Of Shit Shoot Her In The Fuckin Head And Save Us Taxpayers some  money

punkin003
punkin003

I say don't kill her...yet.  I can't speak for others, but I don't mind the tax payers money going for a long and torturous death.  At least that way, it feels as if our money is being used for something good.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

so this was her mothers idea?  a nurse? her brother?  not surprised the daughter is a freak..  with that kind of caring maybe they'll make her an aide in county jail med office.

Hippenelaine
Hippenelaine

those two that did that to that little 4year old should be put to death or do to them what they did to her. people like that should not be out on the streets and should not have anything to do with kids. poor little kids cant even defend them selves they just have to take it besause they are to little to do anything. poor little thing she didnt even have a life. i dont no why a mother would do that to her own child.  

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Kudos to the technician - concerned citizen who took the extra step and hopefully helped the elderly gentleman and girl ... but again this is Arizona.  Our CPS is broken and our adult protective services isn't any better.

alehound
alehound

I am willing to "look after" the 14yo....

kimbev69
kimbev69

Pedo asshole

alehound
alehound

I'm not pedo, I'm 15.

My2Cents
My2Cents

oh my you are a bit testy...

alehound
alehound

If she had as many dicks sticking out of her as she had stuck in her she would look like a porcupine. Now, all of you pig fuckers can go back to obama worship. How's that hope and change working for you?  lol. thought so.

FrikkenFrak
FrikkenFrak

Sooooo you're just a 15 year old who drinks ALE and uses his grandfather's picture for an avie. Umm yeah, ok.

Bnbk
Bnbk

No,Failhound,your a sick bastard that likes to post under different screen names. You do so to try and make it seem as if there are more people who share your twisted views. You're a LOSER FAILHOUND,A SICKO LOSER.

kimbev69
kimbev69

Hmm i think u are supposed to be a certain age to make the profile to coment and it doesnt matter she is still underage

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

The neighbors must all have no sense of smell...............

Badtastic
Badtastic

Anything that starts with "Rothlisberg..." is either a psycho or a rapist.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol yes. well Big Ben is both... and gets away with it... must be nice to be rich, you can do whatever you want, have no morals and bribe everyone ...

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

White people. Smh

I bet it was a Mexican installing the solar panels who called.

FrikkenFrak
FrikkenFrak

Ahhhh...cool. I love screen capping comments like yours. Thanks for proving that racism exist in every race. Now I can use the race card, too!!!!

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

The only assumption made was who blew the whistle.

Facts: she's white

Toc001
Toc001

Nothing to see here. No Mexicans, so Joe can ignore this one along with all the other child abuse cases.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I have a feeling that Tara Ann Bergland-Haugo von Rothlisberg(of Ulm)* is going to get some first hand knowledge of what it feels like to have your movement restricted. Hopefully for many years.

* Great-great granddaughter of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-Von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwurstle-gerspurten-mit-zwei-macheluber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shoenendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

slipery Mike
slipery Mike

you left out -mudwhistle-from her moms side!

Col. Angus
Col. Angus

 You, sir or madam, have won the interwebz!

Clifford
Clifford

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teknik1200
teknik1200

wow some people have a fucked up life. it makes me feel bad for them.

gregg r
gregg r

that guy that called the cops should get a reward. That was thoughtful, caring and very necessary. The lady should be arrested and the uncle and 14 yr old should be taken away, indefinetly. this bitch derserves to live in her own shit.

John
John

Depressing, and none the less coming on the heels of the poor 4 year old child having been abused to death!   That worker who was concerned enough to call this thing in gets a big 'thank you' from me!

Child Advocate
Child Advocate


It's wonderful to hear someone was willing to get involved. It amazes me someone could live like that. She wasn't "caring" for her uncle, she was abusing him!

The 4 year old who was abused is heartbreaking. I will never understand people like that.

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