Seven Arrested in Disabled Person Abuse Case in Rabun Co.

By Craig Salmon, WRBN Radio, Clayton

Seven people are charged in connection to the alleged abuse of a disabled person in Rabun County earlier this month.

The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office announced the charges Wednesday in the case of the alleged abuse of 22-year-old Ashley Hamilton. The announcement follows the execution of a search warrant last Friday at the home of Ashley’s mother, Kelly Sue Hamilton of Clayton.

Rabun County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Gerald Johnson said that their investigation led them to charge 27-year-old Jesse Terrell Shedd of Clayton with Disabled Person Abuse and Battery under the Family Violence Act.

“Jesse Terrell Shedd was left alone with Ashley Hamilton for a certain period of time, and our best analysis of that would be within a couple of hours,” said Johnson. “During that two hour time frame, we don’t really know exactly to what extent the abuse occurred, but the facts and circumstances led us to believe that he did inflict substantial visible bodily injury on Hamilton.”

Authorities also charged Shedd’s girlfriend, Tabatha Adkins, and Ashley’s mother, Kelly Sue Hamilton, with disabled person abuse.

Meanwhile, Kelly Hamilton’s fiancé, Richard Foss; Ashley’s home healthcare nurse, Constance Denise Rogers; Ashley’s aunt, Julie Ann Stevenson; and Ashley’s step grandmother, Peggy Wall were all charged with Reckless Conduct.

Johnson said his office understands that provisions have been made for Ashley Hamilton to be cared for and protected pending the outcome of the investigation.