An Auburn woman accused of neglecting her 70-year-old mother such that maggots were crawling into a leg wound was charged with criminal mistreatment of a dependent person.
Seattlepi.com reported 46-year-old Sherrie Morton was jailed with bail set at $150,000.
Charging papers said Morton called 911 earlier this month after a friend threatened to call. Deputies and medics found the elderly woman in a soiled bed covered in maggots and took her to a Renton hospital.
Morton told police she had been caring for her mother adequately. She said it took hours to change her 400-pound mother’s diaper.
A King County sheriff’s detective, Marylisa Priebe-Olson, wrote in court papers a paramedic said the maggots may have saved the woman’s life by eating rotting skin and slowing the infection.The Associated Press