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East Palo Alto woman charged with neglecting 87-year-old mother

 

An East Palo Alto woman has been accused of elder abuse for leaving her dependent mother lying on the couch for over a month covered in her own urine and feces, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Pamela Neeley, 50, has been charged with one count of elder abuse for neglecting to care for her 87-year-old mother, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

A family friend visiting in January discovered the neglect of her mother, finding she had slipped off the couch onto the floor.

Paramedics responded and found the woman was malnourished and weighed only 92 pounds. Her body was molded to the couch cushions, which were soaked in urine and feces.

Prosecutors allege Neeley had left her there for more than a month, either without diapers or leaving grossly soiled diapers on her for long periods of time. She had not been to a doctor for years.

Neeley was scheduled to appear in court this morning for arraignment. She is free on $150,000 bail, prosecutors said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 11, 2016 at 5:40 am

This is shameful, horrible and very sad. I am confused by the crime, however.

Is it true that children are legally responsible for their parents well-being? The only legal obligation I was aware of that that of parents' to see to their childrens well being until they reach adulthood?

Can someone clear that up?


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Posted by SEA_SEELAM REDDY
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on May 11, 2016 at 2:06 pm

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Very sad, indeed.

My prayers


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