EL CAJON (CNS) - An El Cajon woman and her adult son pleaded guilty Friday to neglecting his severely disabled older brother, resulting in his death.
Deborah Dawn Marlow, 59, and Christopher Travis Marlow, 27, each faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced on July 29. Both defendants pleaded guilty to dependant adult abuse causing great bodily injury in the death of 28-year-old Jeremy Marlow.
According to prosecutor Kurt Mechals, Deborah Marlow was the victim's primary caregiver in earlier years, and Christopher Marlow took over that role more recently.
On Jan. 26, 2010, Jeremy Marlow, who was severely retarded and suffered from cerebral palsy, died after five days at Grossmont Hospital. The hospital staff described the patient's condition as being the result of "torture," Mechals said.
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. When they did, they found a mattress soaked in urine, feces and black mold.
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