PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man who was supposed to be caring for his ailing mother has pleaded guilty to charges he allowed the 67-year-old woman to live in squalor with little food or medicine.

Police said they found hypodermic needles, adult diapers and other trash strewn about an apartment 44-year-old Christopher Harrison shared with his mother, who was diabetic and showed signs of dementia.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/14kZ7HR ) reports that Harrison pleaded guilty Wednesday to caretaker abuse and other charges and was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail. His lawyer said Harrison had addiction issues.

Investigators said Harrison used needles intended for his mother's diabetes medication for his own drug use. A police officer said all he found in the apartment's refrigerator were leftover french fries and something he was "unable to identify as food."


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com