Imagine sitting on a toilet for so long that you become stuck to the seat. Yikes.
Place: Ness City, Kansas
The sheriff is recommending charges in the case of a western Kansas woman who sat on her boyfriend’s toilet for so long that her body became stuck to the seat. Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said Thursday he asked the county attorney to file charges against Kory McFarren for mistreatment of a dependent adult.
Could a toilet seat be so comfortable that you wouldn’t want to leave it?
McFarren said his girlfriend, Pam Babcock, 35, had a phobia about leaving the bathroom. Whipple was the second law enforcement officer to respond to the mobile home where McFarren and Babcock were living. Whipple used a pry bar to take the seat off the toilet so the woman could be transported to the hospital where the seat was removed.
“The smell was overpowering — a terrible smell about the house, obviously coming from where she was at.”
McFarren, 36, told the sheriff at that time that Babcock had not left the bathroom in two years. Whipple said Thursday that judging by the woman’s condition — she had open sores on which the toilet seat would stick — it appeared she likely sat on the toilet continually for at least a month. “She would have to be sleeping on the toilet,” the sheriff said.
McFarren said she moved around in the bathroom during that time, bathed and changed into clothes he brought her. He brought food and water to her. They had conversations and an otherwise normal relationship — except it all happened in the bathroom. But the sheriff disputed that account: “She hadn’t bathed for quite some time, I am safe in saying. She obviously was not keeping herself up.” McFarren said he finally called police Feb. 27 after he became worried because Babcock was acting groggy, as if she didn’t know what was going on around her.
Doctors at the Wichita hospital where Babcock is hospitalized told the boyfriend an infection in her legs has damaged her nerves and may leave her in a wheelchair, he said.
McFarren, who works at an antique store, said he has been taking care of Babcock for the 16 years they have lived together. He insisted that he tried to coax her out of the bathroom every day. “And her reply would be, ‘Maybe tomorrow,’?” Whipple said.
McFarren is no angel. Just days after he was charged with mistreatment of a dependent adult, he was arrested again – this time for exposing himself to teenage girls. On July 30, 2008, McFarren was sentenced to six months probation for mistreatment of dependent adult and six months in prison for lewd and lascivious behavior. No news on Pam Babcock and if she made a recovery.