INTERLACHEN, Fla. - The family of Clyde Hart is praying for his recovery. Hart, a World War II veteran, was bruised, beaten and left to fend for himself inside an Interlochen home last week.
According to deputies, Galen Hart, his son, is the one who beat him.
“He’s always been verbal and to beat him up like that, is sad,” said Clyde's granddaughter Latasha Hart.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says Galen punched Clyde’s dog, the two argued, and then Galen punched Clyde, causing him to fall and break his hip.
His granddaughter says he went into surgery Friday, and has been recovering at a local nursing home.
“He had to have a full hip replacement. He has bruises from head to toe so it's going to be a long recovery,” she said.
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She says one of the hardest things for her is not only to see him in pain, but knowing her grandfather has few items of comfort.
She says his clothing inside the home was too worn and dirty to keep. And is asking anyone for donations, to give her grandpa a fresh start.
“Clothes, shoes, socks, a blanket, anything will help. His clothes were not taken care of,” says Hart.
She says her grandfather was a pilot in World War II and is a fighter.
She’s hoping he'll eventually be able to leave the nursing home and live with her, where she says he'll be safe.