By Roxana Hegeman
March 13, 2008
WICHITA, Kan. – Authorities yesterday were considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years – so long that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the boyfriend called police.
Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said it appeared that the 35-year-old Ness City woman's skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was 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.”
He said investigators yesterday gave their report to the county attorney, who will determine whether charges should be filed against the woman's 36-year-old boyfriend. The couple weren't identified.
“She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body,” Whipple said. “It is hard to imagine. . . . I still have a hard time imagining it myself.”
The man told investigators he brought his girlfriend food and water, and asked her every day to come out of the bathroom. “And her reply would be, 'Maybe tomorrow,' ” Whipple said. “According to him, she did not want to leave the bathroom.”
The boyfriend called police Feb. 27 to report “there was something wrong with his girlfriend,” Whipple said, adding that the man didn't explain why it took him two years to call.
Police found the clothed woman sitting on the toilet, her sweat pants down to mid-thigh. She was “somewhat disoriented,” and her legs looked like they had atrophied, Whipple said. “She said that she didn't need any help, that she was OK and did not want to leave,” he said.
The woman was reported to be in fair condition at a hospital in Wichita, about 150 miles southeast of Ness City. Whipple said she has refused to cooperate with medical providers or law enforcement investigators. Authorities said they did not know whether she is mentally or physically disabled.