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Police have brought charges against the boyfriend of a U.S. woman
Police have brought charges against the boyfriend of a U.S. woman in Kansas who became stuck to her toilet after sitting on it for nearly two years, local media said on Thursday.

Kory McFarren, 37, was charged on Monday in Ness County District Court with mistreatment of a dependent adult after police found his girlfriend, Pam Babcock, stuck to the toilet seat in his bathroom. The 35-year-old woman sat there for so long that her skin had grown around the toilet seat.

"I looked at the statutes and spoke to the attorney general's office," the hutchnews.com news portal cited Ness County Attorney Craig Crosswhite as saying. "This was a very unusual set of circumstances and this is the law that most closely applied to the situation."

In late February, McFarren called police, saying that there was something "wrong with his girlfriend," Sheriff Bryan Whipple said.

Police found Babcock sitting on the toilet, where they think she had remained for a month, with her sweat pants down and her legs looking as if they had atrophied. She initially refused medical help and was reported to have been reluctant to leave the bathroom.

The seat was stuck to the woman and went with her to a hospital, and was later removed by medical personnel.

McFarren, an antique store owner, told police she had been in the bathroom for around two years, although he was unsure of exactly how long she had been there. He insisted that she stayed on the toilet of her own free will as she was frightened to leave the bathroom.

"It just kind of happened one day; she went in and had been in there a little while, the next time it was a little longer. Then she got it in her head she was going to stay - like it was a safe place for her," transworldnews.com cited him as saying.

McFarren, who had been with Babcock for 16 years, claimed his girlfriend took baths, changed clothes and ate, and the couple had normal conversations together, although they took place in the bathroom.

The man said he took his girlfriend food and water every day and often asked her to come out of the toilet, but she would unfailingly reply, "Maybe tomorrow." The boyfriend did not explain, however, why it took him two years to call for help.

It is also unknown where McFarren relieved himself for the 24 months that the toilet was 'occupied.'

Babcock is now in hospital and is expected to appear in court in April. Doctors said however, that her legs had suffered significant nerve damage and the chances of her walking again were slim.


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