NESS CITY, Kan. — Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a Kansas woman who stayed in her boyfriend’s bathroom for two years, spending most of her time on the toilet so her body was stuck to the seat by the time the man finally called police.
It appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman’s skin had grown around the seat, said Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple. The woman initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.
“We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital,” Whipple said. “The hospital removed it.”
Whipple said the county attorney will determine whether any charges should be filed against the boyfriend.
Police declined to release the couple’s names, but the boyfriend, Kory McFarren, agreed to be interviewed Wednesday. He identified his girlfriend as Pam Babcock.
McFarren, 36, told police he took Babcock food and water and asked her every day to come out.
“And her reply would be, ‘Maybe tomorrow,'” Whipple said.
McFarren said it was solely Babcock’s choice to remain in the bathroom.
“She made her own decision. It was my fault I should have gotten help for her sooner; I admit that. But, after a while, you kind of get used to it,” he said.
Authorities said they think Babcock was in the bathroom for two years, but McFarren said he wasn’t certain how long she stayed there. He said she had a phobia about leaving the room because of childhood beatings.
“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,” McFarren said.
But McFarren said Babcock moved around in the bathroom during that time, bathed and changed into the clothes he brought her. He said they conversed and had an otherwise normal relationship except that it all happened in the bathroom.
McFarren, who works at an antique store, said he has been taking care of Babcock for the 16 years they have lived together.
After he called police on Feb. 27, they found Babcock on the toilet, her sweat pants down to her mid-thigh. She was “somewhat disoriented,” and her legs looked as if they had atrophied, Whipple said.
McFarren said she has an infection in her legs that has damaged her nerves, and that she has no feeling in her legs. She may wind up in a wheelchair, he said.Authorities did not know whether she was mentally or physically disabled.