Woman accused of handcuffing uncle to bed pleads not guilty

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Tara Ann Von Rothlisberg By Jennifer Thomas Tara Ann Von Rothlisberg By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A woman accused of abusing her elderly uncle pleaded not guilty Monday morning.

Tara Ann Von Rothlisberg was arrested May 31 after Maricopa County sheriff's deputies found her 87-year-old uncle handcuffed to a bed inside a Sun City West home.

A solar panel installer called authorities when he smelled a foul odor coming from the home.

Deputies said the man was wearing a soiled diaper and appeared to be terribly underweight.

According to court documents, Von Rothlisberg said she handcuffed her uncle to the bed because he gets up and falls a lot.

Deputies said the home was filled with trash and animal feces from the nine cats and four dogs living inside.

Her next court date is Aug. 16.