Died: October 2013.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Stroke, dementia, mental illness, epilepsy.
This 83-year-old woman was neglected by her son and daughter-in-law, who were receiving government payments to care for her. She was denied her medication, starved, and left uncared for on a filthy mattress. She was severely malnourished and filthy, and had been fed by mouth even though her stroke had made it difficult for her to swallow. When she cried for help, her son bought everyone earplugs. She died of untreated bronchopneumonia.
Three of her grandchildren testified against their parents for the abuse that ended in their grandmother’s death.
Perpetrator: Her son, age 52, convicted of reckless conduct endangering life, sentenced to 12-18 months in jail; his common-law wife, convicted of reckless conduct endangering life, age 46, given a 12-month suspended sentence.
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