Caregiver Sent to Jail After Death of Her Mother

A woman has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to Negligent Homicide and Criminal Mistreatment I in connection with the death of her mother.  The woman was the caretaker to her elderly diabetic mother – who died of a heart condition aggravated by neglect, massive bedsores (pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers), stomach ulcers and infection.
The woman was 74 when she died in August 2010. A medical examiner found that the elderly woman's foot, had gangrene and was filled with maggots before she died. The woman's daughter had been her full-time caregiver for five years. At the time of her mother’s death, the daughter had no job and was her mother’s full time caretaker. She had her mother's Social Security check deposited directly into a joint bank account they shared.

At trial, several letters were read from the moan's physician which stated that she had dementia and diabetes and required 24-hour care. A physician who testified at trial also noted that the gangrene in the woman's foot required surgery.  In addition to the year in jail, the woman received three years probation and has been barred from ever being a caregiver again. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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