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Man accused of stealing from mother in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man stole nearly $37,000 from his mother while they lived in a smelly Dubuque residence filled with trash.

Dubuque County court records say 35-year-old Michael Woods is charged with dependent adult abuse. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Woods’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

The Telegraph Herald reports that police say Woods and his 75-year-old mother, Barbara Gebhardt, had been living as squatters in the lower level of a residence that had been owned by a woman who died in February 2017.

Officers sent to check the residence found Gebhardt in a room that was filled with trash and junk and smelled of “mold, rotting garbage, feces and urine.” She was taken to a hospital.

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