East Palo Alto woman pleads no contest to felony elder abuse of mother


An East Palo Alto woman accused of failing to take care of her sick mother pleaded no contest Thursday to felony elder abuse, San Mateo County prosecutors said Friday.

Pamela Neeley, 51, made the plea at about 1:30 p.m. in a Redwood City courtroom after a family friend in January discovered Neeley's mother had been neglected and was lying on the floor.

The friend called paramedics and firefighters who found Neeley's mother was malnourished and only 92 pounds, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Neeley's mother was also septic in addition to having advanced ulcers. Some were down to the bone, according to prosecutors.

Neeley was responsible for changing her mother's diapers, but Neeley did not know how often she changed them, prosecutors said.

At times, Neeley left her mother lying on the couch without any diapers, according to prosecutors.

Paramedics discovered Neeley's mother with grossly soiled diapers and feces that had leaked onto the furniture and dried. It appeared as though the victim had been lying on the couch for more than a month.

When paramedics lifted the victim, her body had molded to the couch cushions and the cushions were soaked in feces and urine.

Neeley faces a maximum of two years in prison. She will be in court again at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9 to be sentenced.

Neeley's attorney Sean Nicholson was not immediately available for comment.

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