Seattle man arrested in neglect death of his elderly mother

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by KNG 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Seattle Police detectives arrested a man for the neglect death of his 89-year-old mother. Police say the woman weighed just 58 pounds when she died nearly a year ago.

The arrest took place one day after what would have been the woman's 90th birthday, police said Tuesday.

Police say on Oct. 29, 2011 officers responded the victim’s home in the 7900 block of  M.L. King Jr. Way S on a death investigation.  The victim had been in the care of her son when she died.

On Nov. 3, 2011, the King County Medical Examiners Officer notified state adult care agencies and a SPD Elder Abuse Detective that the victim appeared to have been severely neglected by her caregiver, which resulted in her death. 

Detectives and CSI served a search warrant on the home the victim shared with her son.  Evidence at the scene and information developed in the ensuing months revealed a pattern of neglect that led to the victim’s death, police say.

On Monday, the victim's 56-year-old son was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Manslaughter.

Compiled by KING 5's Susan Wyatt

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