Mississippi AG mother-in-law accuses him of using state security team for personal business
Mississippi Attorney General’s stepmother Lynn Fitch accused her of using a state security team for personal matters amid an ongoing legal feud between the two over the father of Fitch and family property, The Associated Press reported.
Fitch’s mother-in-law, Aleita Fitch, 80, alleges that the Attorney General ordered the police to arrive at her home and that they took guns, money and other belongings from the house. ‘improvist. Aleita Fitch also said that police reported to the hospital where Fitch’s father, Bill Fitch, 88, is being treated.
“I think Lynn is probably entitled to have these guys with her when she travels,” Aleita Fitch’s attorney Ray Hill told AP on Thursday. “But I think everyone will agree that she is not allowed to use them to facilitate her own personal affairs.”
Meanwhile, Lynn has claimed in previous court documents from an April 1 legal battle that Aleita was emotionally and verbally abusive of Bill.
Lynn Fitch’s chief of staff, Michelle Williams, declined to comment on the allegations of the agents’ unannounced visit.
“We consider this to be a private matter between two private parties and we will let the courts decide,” said Williams.
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Aleita Fitch said the attorney general sent state “bodyguards” to the family farm to intimidate her. Hill told AP he did not know if the “bodyguards” were highway patrollers, but said if they were, it was clearly an abuse of power.
The Public Safety Department spokeswoman said officials were busy rescuing hurricanes, but would consider whether she was using patrol boats for personal business.
The story was first reported by The Clarion-Ledger.
According to Marshall County Chancellery Court records, the legal battle between Aleita Fitch and Lynn Fitch began on April 1, after the attorney general transferred his father from an Oxford hospital in late March without permission from his wife to another hospital before eventually transferring him to a nursing home. . Aleita was unable to visit her husband for 78 days and did not know where he was.
“It crushed her,” Hill said.
Lynn Fitch has said in court documents that she doesn’t want her stepmother to know where Bill Fitch is being treated because Aleita Fitch is emotionally and verbally abusive.
John Mayo, attorney general’s attorney, said the decision was made after seeing his father’s doctor. A hospital staff member filed a vulnerable adult complaint against Aleita after raising concerns about her husband’s mistreatment, the lawyer said.
When Lynn Fitch visited his father in the hospital, “he appeared confused, delusional and malnourished, had limited mobility and was generally unable to take care of himself,” the attorney general wrote in a court document.
She said Aleita Fitch had not told her and her sister about a stroke and heart attack their father had in January. Bill Fitch was also diagnosed with dementia, and this was not disclosed to his daughters.
Lynn Fitch said that shortly after her father’s stroke and heart attack, Aleita Fitch “had Bill sign a revocation of their prenuptial agreement.”
Bill Fitch had signed papers in September 2020 granting Lynn Fitch legal authority to make healthcare and financial decisions for him.
Aleita alleges that Lynn Fitch picked up Bill with state judicial officers and coerced him into signing an advanced healthcare directive and an enduring power of attorney. Later that month, Bill Fitch revoked the power of attorney, but not the ability to make health care decisions.
The mother-in-law said the attorney general and patrollers went to Aleita Fitch’s home and took about $ 2,000 in cash, searched her father and mother-in-law’s belongings and removed all of them. firearms, according to court records.
Aleita also said that Lynn Fitch has made business decisions for her husband, including the decision to shut down operations at Fitch Farms, a hunting retreat where guests can stay in the home of the Ku Klux Klan’s first great wizard, the Confederate General Nathan. Bedford Forest. Bill Fitch bought the Forrest house from Hernando, moved it 40 miles to Fitch Farms, and restored it.
Lynn Fitch has said in court documents that she is not seeking sole control of her father’s finances, but that she wants a curator appointed to prevent Aleita from “squandering and endangering” her father’s property. . She said her mother-in-law let the liability insurance covering Fitch Farms expire, preventing further hunting activities.
Hill said a September 9 hearing could determine who will act as Bill Fitch’s curator.