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Man described as non-verbal adult found tied up in apartment; caretaker charged

A man described as a non-verbal adult was found unattended and tied up Friday morning inside of his apartment, according to West Palm Beach police.

The discovery was made by workers doing routine maintenance at an apartment at 4740 Portofino Way, police said.

The maintenance workers called police who later arrested caretaker Marcia Grace Jones, 63, of Riviera Beach.

Officers said they found the victim tied with his hands behind his back and a belt around his ankles. The man can't speak and uses a wheelchair, which was found outside of his apartment.

Police said the caretaker told them she is not related to the victim.

Jones, who is being charged with neglect and false imprisonment, will be booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

Police have notified the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The victim was reported in good health.

Story updated to clarify that the victim was not found in a chair but that officers discovered him tied up near the front door inside the apartment.

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