Lynchburg Man Pleads Guilty to Neglect Following Mother's Death

A Lynchburg man who permitted his mother to die after lying in her own filth for days, pleaded guilty to felony neglect last Friday.  The 32-year-old Alexander Mikhail was indicted on a charge of felony neglect leading to death. He was convicted of a slightly reduced charge of neglect leading to serious bodily injury which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette said that there was no question Mikhail's actions led to his mother’s death. The man's mother was 74-years-old when she was found bed-ridden in her home covered in feces and urine and suffering from bed sores (also known as pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers), According to Doucette. After being taken to the hospital, she died the following day of sepsis.

Her son, told a nurse that she had been immobile for three or four days and that he had been unable to change her diapers because he had a bad back, Doucette said. At autopsy, the woman’s pressure ulcers were found to be so severe that one sore left her spine exposed. 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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