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Husband charged with abusing wife who suffers from MS

Published June 18, 2013 10:01 pm

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A Riverton man is accused of abusing his wife, a multiple sclerosis patient who allegedly was found badly neglected with untreated sores and serious infections.

In charges filed Tuesday, police wrote that the woman, 55, was taken to a hospital May 8 for severe sepsis and encephalopathy. The woman's body had multiple open sores, including a bedsore about 5 inches in diameter on her back and feces on her body, investigators wrote. Her bedding was stained and appeared not to have been changed for days; her catheter was clogged with pus, police wrote.

The woman's children told police that her husband is her caretaker, and that he had isolated their mother from them, according to charges.

The husband, 51, was charged with aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult, a second-degree felony.

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