Under any circumstance, basic bed sores require immediate medical attention. But basic bed sores pale in comparison to the bed sores on the elderly woman who was kept inside a northwest Tampa home.
66-year-old Mary Winston died after literally rotting into her bed. According to the police, she laid helpless for three years as neglect from her family worsened.
The official report from detectives on the case provides chilling, disturbing details of how Mary’s life ticked by as she endured what some could surely call torture.
We want to warn you, these extremely graphic details are included throughout the rest of this report.
Deputies say one bed sore in her back was so deep at the time of her death, that it revealed her rib cage. Maggots were found on the outside and inside of her body. And when the coroner came to claim her body, her back was fused to the bed sheets.
“In addition to that, she was laying in urine and feces, a condition no human being should ever have to be in,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Detective Larry McKinnon.
The news rocked the neighborhood. Neighbor Jennifer Ramirez burst into tears.
“It’s just unbelievable. They are a good family. They took care of each other. I’m horrified,” she said.
“It’s unbelievable,” added neighbor Scott Boatwright. “To be caring for your own family member, and she dies with maggots inside her? I can’t even stomach it.”
Making the story even more horrific, Winston was being cared for by her husband Osmond, and daughters Belinda and Hyacinth. All were arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of the elderly disabled.
Deputies also issued a warrant for Mary’s son — also named Osmond Winston — who they believe to be out of town.