BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman accused of neglecting her 76-year-old grandmother for days before she died says the woman had a health issue that caused her to soil herself, and wouldn’t get off the floor.
The Portsmouth Herald reports Meritel Saintil testified on Wednesday. Saintil and her mother, Katherine Saintil-Brown, have both pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including negligent homicide.
Authorities say Nancy Parker died after she was found in an Exeter mobile home during a welfare check.
Hospital staff who cared for Parker testified that she was covered in dried stool and had rotting flesh on her thigh.
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Saintil said the home remained dirty despite her efforts. Saintil told police Parker had refused to leave the floor and directed her and mother not to call 911.
Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com