Philip B. Bradshaw, 54, of Hodgenville was arrested June 7 for two counts of knowingly abuse/neglect of an adult by person. A warrant later was served for second-degree animal cruelty.
According to the warrant, Hodgenville Police Sgt. James Richardson said he was advised of an animal being mistreated while he was conducting the investigation of neglect of two people in the care of Bradshaw at a home on Williams Avenue in Hodgenville. Richardson said multiple witnesses said the dog also was being neglected.
Upon further investigation, Richardson said the dog had been confined to a small room in which it had defecated and urinated in the floor. He also noted no food was available and the water was murky and appeared old.
The dog was removed by a court order and placed in the care of a third party family member who has taken the dog to a veterinarian in Elizabethtown for treatment on several occasions.
According to the dog’s caretaker, it had to be washed twice and given a treatment to remove the overwhelming odor in its fur. The cost of the care reportedly exceeded $375.
Bradshaw initially was arrested for neglecting two 92-year-old women in his care, his mother, Wilma Bradshaw, and her twin sister, Ilma Whitaker.
According to the arrest citation, the investigation revealed the women have “chronic medical and mental health issues” and were unable to fix their own meals or bathe themselves.
Evidence showed trash strewn throughout the residence and beds of the victims. The beds appeared soiled and there also was dog feces and urine in the floor throughout the residence.
"The floor in front of one victim's lift chair was stained black," the officer continued. "Trash was strewn throughout the house."
The women also appeared malnourished and had lost significant weight, an official said. The arrest citation also stated witnesses reportedly said the victims were unable to open the food provided to them and that they were attempting to use a knife to cut open the packaging.
The victims were removed at the court’s order. Richardson said they were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown where they were medically evaluated and then transported to an assisted living facility.
Neighbors say they never would have guessed something like that was happening behind closed doors.
"It really took me by shock," Suzanna Nall said. "Me, myself as being an elderly person I wouldn't want that to happen to me or anybody in my family."
Phil Bradshaw told police he is the primary caregiver to the women and he had problems with the previous caregiver when she reportedly was attempting to “take more money than she was entitled to.”
Bradshaw has pleaded not guilty and is represented by Hodgenville attorney Ron Mather.
Knowingly abuse/neglect of an adult by a person is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
Since the time of his arrest, Bradshaw has been lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond.
In a recent court appearance, Mather motoined to reduce Bradshaw’s bond, making it unsecured because he was assessed as low risk and working as a real estate agent. Assistant LaRue County Attorney Lori Kincaid objected to the motion.
“I have seen pictures of these ladies and the condition they were in,” Kindcaid said. “If he treated his own mom this way, then I think he is a danger to the community.”
The motion was denied. Bradshaw remains lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.
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By Ron Benningfield
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Considering that the chances of being identical twins are three in a thousand, the fact that identical twins Wilma Bradshaw and Ilma Whittaker will celebrate their 90th birthdays March 1 is even more astounding
“We were born on our grandparents’ (Kenneth and Genora Miller’s) farm March 1, 1925,” said Wilma. “Dr. (Leigh) Maupin came out in a horse and buggy to deliver us and stayed all day.”
Parents Harry and Alpha Gardner celebrated having the family’s first set of twins on that cold winter Sunday.
Ilma was the older sister – by one hour. The two, who had been together for the past nine months, would find themselves side by side for most of their growing up years.
“Mother dressed us in identical clothes and even combed our hair exactly alike; nobody could tell us apart,” said Ilma, who in January came to live with her sister on Williams Avenue in Hodgenville.
The close resemblance they shared, including being the same height and body build, made for some mistaken identities. Through classes at Keith School near Tanner, Buffalo Elementary and Magnolia elementary and high school from which they graduated in 1942, no teacher was ever able to tell them apart.
“Even our voices sounded alike,” said Wilma. “We stuck together throughout school and Ilma, as my ‘big sister,’ worried about me and was protective of me.”
One night on a date to a movie and restaurant, the two switched places, causing their dates to believe they were with the other sister.
“We would have gotten by with it the entire time except that a girlfriend of ours who could tell us apart happened to enter the restaurant and called us by name,” said Wilma. “Our dates didn’t appreciate the joke we played on them.”
While they were at a pie supper at Keith School, their two beaus, thinking they were bidding on the pie their respective girlfriend baked, mistakenly bid on the other girl’s dessert.
They often found themselves with similar thoughts and impulses.
“During a Mother’s Day service at Oak Hill, when the pastor gave the invitation, we both went up and were saved at the same time,” said Wilma. “We hadn’t even talked about doing that before the service.”
The two 11-year-old girls were also baptized together in Tucker’s Creek.
“We looked at each other while standing in the water, and both of us held onto the preacher’s arm as he put us under at the same time,” Ilma recalled.
Their first separation for any length of time was after high school when both found jobs in Elizabethtown. Wilma worked at the Taylor Hotel where she met her future husband of 54 years, Ned Bradshaw, who died in 2012.
Ilma was employed at a drugstore where she also met the man, Gerald Whittaker, whom she would marry. The couple made their home in Tennessee. Gerald died in 2009.
Though separated by more than 130 miles, the two sisters kept in touch through the years.
“We called each other often,” said Ilma.
“We’d also get together at Elizabethtown for our birthdays,” added Wilma. “They even put up on a marquis, ‘Happy Birthday, Wilma and Ilma’ at a place where we ate.”
The two shared their experience of an identical twin’s feeling the other’s pain.
“I had typhoid fever one time and was down for six weeks,” Ilma said. “Wilma didn’t get sick, but she said she felt the burden of it.”
The two also related how, on occasion, when one of them described a dream she had, the other one could recall dreaming the exact thing.
Both played piano at their respective Tennessee and Kentucky churches. Both have been active members of their congregations, serving as vacation Bible school and Sunday school teachers.
Both sisters say they enjoy the companionship they have regained with each other, and both keep a positive outlook on life despite being homebound.
“I’m not going to grieve over what I can’t do, but the Lord will make it plain to me what I can do,” said Wilma.
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CONCERNED IN KENTUCKY - Nov 10, 2014
Wow ...gotta tell the women of this area about the bottom feeder that uses women and goes to the next unsuspecting woman. He uses God to get to them . tells them his hard luck story, like he is the victim. and lives off them till they wise up. BEWARE!!!!
Sorry to say - Nov 12, 2014
He was a nice kid and went wacko. Bald ,real estate agent,cheater. Nuff said
frustrated for a friend - Nov 17, 2014
my my my guess he flew under the radar for a long time. glad everyone knows now. i sat back and watched my friend believe his crap. she is such a good person and works hard for what she has. yet , he took and took. Till she couldn't give anymore. Then he booked out on her to find a new victim. Glad he has been exposed
LarueGirl- Jan 21, 2015
Don't let the big cross around Philip Bradshaw's neck fool you. He is a sick man and will do or say anything to get what he needs or wants.
hollyt - Feb 4, 2015
You got him pegged!!
LarueGirl - Feb 18, 2015
Cute article in Herald News today about the 90 year old twins. Please......Phillip Bradshaw a care giver?? He's not taking care of them, they are taking care of him.
Just sayin - Aug 16, 2016
Phillip Bradshaw is the scum of the earth. He's a married man, he plays church and wrangles women til they ain't got nothing left. He needs somebody to teach him a lesson
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