Caretaker charged with manslaughter after elderly resident dies during parasite infestation.
A 96-year-old woman died from bed bugs after an infestation of the parasites invaded at her caretaker’s home, who is now facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and neglect of care.
Mary Stoner, 96, was rushed to an emergency room two days after she was moved out of caretaker Deborah Butler’s home in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in February 2016.
Doctors found that Stoner had sores and an infection from bug bites. A few days later, after she died, the autopsy determined it was from complications of sepsis followed by a bed bug infestation.
West Manheim Township Police searched the home of Butler, and they discovered a massive infestation of the vermin, as they crawled on walls, in bed sheets, and on pillows, leading to a felony charge filed against Butler.
Butler faces the first-degree felony charge of neglect of care and involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor, reports the Evening Sun.
Stoner died on February 22 at York Hospital, just two weeks after her family removed her from the care of Butler after they noticed her health has worsened.
Although Butler said she didn’t notice any change in Stoner’s condition, police said the victim’s condition was “clearly visible and obvious” that Stoner needed serious medical attention.
Furthermore, according to another patient of Butler, who was blind said she could 'feel them crawling' across her body and biting her.
Butler had been caring for the women out of her personal home after her licensed home care facility, Luckenbaugh Personal Care Home, was closed.
The Evening Sun reports that the recent facility had no violations with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Source: Daily Mail