The post below – A glimpe of culture’s dark soul – was the result of my trying to process difficult cases the grand jury on which I sit has handled. The contents of the proceedings and deliberations of a grand jury are secret, but the general information in one case is now in the newspaper because an arrest and arraignment took place today. My previous post is now dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Beth Adams, my neighbor by Jesus teaching, a resident of a neighborhood nearby my own, a woman whom I never met but whose memory will never leave me.
Albany cops: woman starved her elderly mother
Last updated: 4:53 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2008
ALBANY — A Albany woman was arrested today after a grand jury indicted her allegedly letting her 78-year-old mother starve to death in January, Albany police said.
Carol Adams, 47, of 18 Crestwood Court was charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of an elderly person.
The investigation was launched Jan. 16 after emergency workers found Beth Adams in her bed with no pulse. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy showed the woman died from “profound malnutrition,” police said.
Relatives told police that the elderly woman had been living with her daughter for an extended time and that the younger woman was supposed to be providing care.
But police said the Carol Adams instead failed to provide “the minimal amount of nutrition” her mother needed to survive.