Savannah woman arrested during Dementia episode

Written by K Bishop

Published September 15, 2022 @ 2:48 PM ET

Chatham County Savannah Police arrested a woman suffering from Dementia after an incident in which she did not recognize her husband, slapped a phone from his hand, and accused him of drugging her.

On August 12th, an officer met with the victim and reviewed video showing that Sharon Shrader was the predominant aggressor.

The responding officer was familiar with Shrader’s condition, as there have been frequent calls to the home. Schrader has a history of refusing to take her medication, insisting she is not married, and accusing her husband of drugging and kidnapping her.

The officer first took Shrader to Memorial Hospital, where she was denied a mental health evaluation.

Shrader was charged with ‘Simple Battery,’ a misdemeanor, and booked into the Chatham County Detention Center.

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the officer’s narrative report. We do not fix any spelling or grammatical errors. Any changes made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist.]

On August 12, 2022 at 2006 hours I was dispatched to [SINGLE DIGIT BLOCK] Sheridan Dr in reference to a domestic issue. Based on prior calls I knew this to be [VICTIM #1] and Sharon Schrader. Sharon Schrader suffers from dementia and regularly forgets he is married and accuses [VICTIM #1] of many things such as drugging her, theft, and kidnapping.

Upon arrival, I made contact with [VICTIM #1] who showed me a video of Sharon getting in his face, and yelling about how his “free ride was over”. While doing so Sharon smacks [VICTIM #1]’s hand several times in order to take the phone away from him. This was clearly captured on the video which was recorded via BWC. [VICTIM #1] then advised that Sharon then ran down the hall and fell, he was able to recover his phone and he went outside.

Sharon was advising that she did not know [VICTIM #1] and that she was not married and he was “playing a game” as he drugged her. Sharon has a history of taking all her medication bottles and jewelry and hiding them. Sharon also advised that she was refusing to take her meds.

Based on the video evidence I determined Sharon was the predominant aggressor and placed her under arrest for Simple Battery DVA. I then transported her to Memorial hospital in hopes of a mental evaluation (10-13), they refused and simply cleared her medically.

Based on the refusal, I then transported Sharon to CCDC without incident.

[End of Narrative]