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Dalton family protests placement of loved-one in nursing home

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- A north Georgia family says a local judge's ruling paved the way for their mother to be moved to a nursing home against her will.

Thursday, they protested outside the courthouse in hopes the ruling will be overturned, so their mother can return home.

But not everyone in the family agrees.

About a dozen protestors lined the sidewalk outside the Whitfield County courthouse, where they've been all week.

"We just hope that the judge will make the right verdict and bring my mother home," says Marty Akins.

Marty Akins says his mother, Thelma Alderman, suffers from early on-set Alzheimer's.

He says she was moved against her will to an assisted living facility in Calhoun.

"She told us all that she never wanted to go to any home or assisted living," says Akins.

Marty says his mother, and her husband Clinton, were staying with him when his sister petitioned the court for guardianship of their mother.

Probate Judge Sheri Blevins awarded rights to Marty's sister, who thought it best to move Thelma into a nursing home.

"Come to go take her to breakfast and they didn't, they put her in a home," says Clinton Alderman.

Clinton Alderman says no one asked him what was best for his wife not even the judge.

"Never once asked him to come in the courtroom or allowed him in the courtroom to give his statement of what he wanted for his wife," says Akins.

"He should have been the one to put her in if she needed to go," says JoAnn Parker, Thelma's sister.

Judge Sheri Blevins was not able to talk about the ruling or court proceedings when we reached her by phone Thursday.

She cited Georgia State law that prohibits the release of information in guardianship cases even after a ruling is made.

Attorney Robert McCurry represents Marty's sister who was awarded guardianship.

He tells Channel 3, a neurologist recommended Thelma Alderman be moved to a facility with a memory unit.

McCurry says, "I believe the judge, upon hearing the evidence, made a decision in her (Thelma's) best interest."

But family members say Thelma can still do things on her own.

They want her home.

"I want her freed," says Clinton Alderman.

And they're willing to return Friday in hopes she will be.

"As long as it takes," says Akins.

"That's the only justice there will be, when she's home with me," says Clinton.

Marty Akins says the family's lawyers have filed an appeal.

The attorney for the family members who were granted guardianship say they are not aware of any such appeal.

But once filed, it could take up to nine months for the court of appeals to hear the case.

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