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Trial set for mother and son charged in deadly neglect

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EL CAJON (CNS) - An El Cajon woman and her son, who are accused of neglecting a severely disabled younger son until he died, waived their right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges.  

Deborah Dawn Marlow, 59, and Christopher Travis Marlow, 27, are charged in the death of 28-year-old Jeremy Marlow.

The mother and son are charged with dependent adult abuse causing great bodily injury, involuntary manslaughter, two counts of stealing state funds and one count of animal cruelty and could each face up to nine years in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals.

The defendants told Judge Peter Deddeh today that they were giving up their right to a preliminary hearing and agreed to stand trial June 13. A readiness conference was set for March 29.     

According to the prosecutor, Deborah Marlow was her younger son's primary caregiver in earlier years, and Christopher Marlow took over that role for his brother more recently.

The victim, who was severely retarded and suffered from cerebral palsy, died on Jan. 26, 2010, after five days at Grossmont Hospital.

The hospital staff described the patient's condition as being the result of "torture," Mechals said at an earlier hearing.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Jeremy had not seen a doctor in a year, weighed less than 100 pounds and was covered with sores when he arrived at the hospital. Doctors said he was brought in too late to be saved.

Investigators who went to the Marlow family's apartment on Graves Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon found the door to Jeremy's room locked and had to pry it open, according to Mechals. They found a mattress soaked in urine, feces and black mold.

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