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article imageHusband indicted after maggots ate bed-ridden wife alive

By Laura Trowbridge     Sep 4, 2010 in Crime
Cincinnati - Maggots and flies were eating away a 46-year-old woman who was bed-ridden with crippling arthritis while her husband apparently did nothing.
Darrell White, 65, of Cincinnati, Ohio was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.
According to Detroit Free Press, police went to the White's home on July 23 in response to a 911 call. They found the home so filthy and smelling so horribly, that they had to wear special masks and suits inside.
Jorene White's body was covered in flies, maggots and rotting bed sores. Because of the horrible condition of her body, police thought she had died a week before.
But an autopsy revealed that she had only been dead for about one day, indicating that the maggots were feeding on her while she was still alive. The cause of death was ruled sepsis, an infection of the blood system.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said: “This is a horrible case. We have never seen anything like this before. She was literally being eaten alive by maggots.”
If convicted, Darrell could get up to 11- 1/2 years in prison.
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