Woman dies after being left in recliner a month
BOSTON – A woman hospitalised in critical condition after sitting for a month with deep bedsores in a recliner soaked with her waste, died yesterday on her 81st birthday, prosecutors said.Five family members who lived with her face various elderly abuse charges and could see upgraded charges.Police found Mary Araujo on Saturday in a recliner, drifting in and out of consciousness, after a family member called police dispatchers.She was hospitalised with a bacterial infection in her bloodstream and was covered with bedsores, including one so deep that tendons could be seen through her decomposing skin, said Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter. InjuryShe also had one-inch facial hair around her mouth, and her toenails were so long that they were curled and bent back into her skin, he said.The woman’s 49-year-old daughter, Karen Cabral, and Cabral’s 51-year-old husband, Duarte, were charged with permitting injury to an elderly or disabled person resulting in serious injury. Two of the woman’s grandsons, Scott Cabral, 24, and Corey Cabral, 21, were arrested on similar charges. Another grandson, Keith Cabral, 28, was charged with elderly neglect withserious injury.All five lived with Araujo in a second-floor apartment in Fall River.