A Freeport assisted living employee who police said ignored his ailing mother for two days after she fell to the floor in the home they share was charged with reckless endangerment Friday.
Lacy Reid, 45, of 103 E. Dean St., faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted. He was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead and released on his own recognizance.
His mother, Mary Reid, 64, is listed in critical but stable condition at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, recovering from a heart attack and respiratory failure she suffered after she was taken from the house, police and hospital authorities said.
Lacy Reid heard his mother fall in the kitchen Tuesday night but did not come to her aid, said Det. Lt. Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the Nassau County Police Department.
Reid later told police that relations between him and his mother have been "strained." Neither Reid nor his Legal Aid Society attorney could be reached for comment.
Wednesday morning, "when he got downstairs, he found his mother on the floor in kind of a nonresponsive mode," Smith said.
"She was lying there and not responsive to some of the few questions that he asked her. He stepped over her, he stepped around her, he got ready for work and he left for work."
Smith, who called Reid's apparent lack of concern "a pretty deplorable act," said Reid works as a porter for The Bristal, an assisted living home in northern Woodmere. A message left at the facility for its executive director Friday night was not returned.
Smith added that Reid found his mother in the same condition when he returned from work, but still did not try to help her.
The same thing happened Thursday, Smith said: Reid again ignored his mother and left the home. When he came home shortly before 5 p.m., he discovered that his mother had dragged herself to the front door.
Smith said that's when Reid dialed 911. Officers found Mary Reid face down on the threshold, dehydrated and malnourished. She suffered a heart attack en route to NUMC or after she arrived, Smith said.
With Bill Mason