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'Heartbreaking': Elderly Kentucky Woman Died After Her Daughter Left Her Lying on Floor for Weeks, Cops Say

Woman Left Lying on Floor for Weeks, Dies One Day After Receiving Help: Cops
Source: Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

Kentucky woman accused of leaving her mother lying on the floor for weeks.

Sep. 17 2023, Published 2:05 p.m. ET

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A Kentucky woman allegedly laid on the floor of her daughter's home for several weeks, and tragically passed away only a day after finally receiving medical attention at a hospital. Now, her daughter is facing charges in connection with her mother’s death, according to authorities.

Officials in Pulaski County said the alleged crime happened in late June, but indictments were just recently returned giving details about what took place in the home shared by 67-year-old Karen McDonald and her daughter, 49-year-old Abra McDonald, WKYT reported.

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Detective Lieutenant Matt Bryant with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department said, “When deputies arrived, they found Ms. Karen McDonald on the floor, and she had been there for several weeks,” according to WKYT.

Karen was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she died the next day, authorities said.

According to police, sepsis, neglect and some other factors all caused her death.

Officials said it wasn’t clear why Abra left her mother on the floor for so long.

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Bryant said, “She did supply her with some food. Things like that, but leaving her on the floor was the most detrimental to her health.”

Abra McDonald was arrested for abusing and neglecting her mother in June, but she was only indicted by the district attorney on Sept. 6, authorities said.

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She has been charged with wanton endangerment and two counts of knowing abuse of an adult, officials said.

Abra remains in jail on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 21.

Bryant added, “Elder abuse is one of those things that we don’t like to talk about, but it is very heartbreaking.”


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