Hattiesburg man charged with abusing vulnerable person

Hattiesburg man charged with abusing vulnerable person

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An investigation into abuse allegations in a Forrest County home for the mentally challenged has landed one man behind bars.

Stacey Ford, 37, of  Hattiesburg was arrested Thursday and charged with one felony county of abuse of a vulnerable person.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said an investigation through his office and the Forrest County Sheriff's Department revealed that Ford was physically abusing a resident while working as a direct care worker.

Ford was booked into the Forrest County Jail and is awaiting his initial appearance. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.