Monday, December 13, 2010

Talking parrot provides clues in chilling elder abuse case

A parrot could possess vital clues to a horrific South Carolina case of elder abuse. Suffering from sores that resulted from an extended period of neglect, a 98 year-old woman was found in the home where she was supposed to have been receiving her primary care from her 60 year old daughter. The victim was suffering from bedsores, and investigators think she had not been turned in more than a week. The woman died just several days after being taken from the home by authorities. St. George Police Lt. Eric Bonnette told the Post and Courier that it was “the worst case [he’s] ever seen.”  

Authorities commented on a key component from the crime scene: "The parrot was mimicking, 'Help me. Help me.' Then he would laugh…" Lt. Bonnette goes on to say, "[w]e think he was mimicking the mother when he said, 'Help me. Help me,' and mimicking the daughter when he laughed."

The daughter and primary caregiver of the deceased is charged with a South Carolina elder abuse statute.

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