Disability care worker arrested and charged with manslaughter of Ann Marie Smith – ABC news
A care worker has been arrested and charged with the manslaughter of Adelaide disability care recipient Ann Marie Smith, who died in what police said were “disgusting and degrading circumstances”.
Ann Marie Smith died in April from severe health issues
A woman has been charged with manslaughter
Police are continuing to investigate other aspects linked to her death
Ms Smith died on April 6 from severe septic shock, multi-organ failure, severe pressure sores, malnutrition and issues connected with her cerebral palsy.
The case sparked multiple investigations, including by SA Police, and it is believed the 54-year-old may have spent up to a year confined to a cane chair before she died.
SA Police arrested a woman at her Hectorville home this morning, and searched her home and another property at Banksia Park.
The woman, a paid care worker, has been charged at the City Watch House and is expected to face court later today or tomorrow.
“We alleged that the death was the result of serious criminal neglect,” Detective Superintendent Des Bray said.
“This morning we arrested a woman at Hectorville and charged her with manslaughter and conducted another search of her home and also a second address at Banksia Park.
“The first phase of the investigation … was focused on the provision of care directly to Annie, and anybody who was involved in that care.
“It’s been a comprehensive investigation to date, looking at all aspects of the care provided to her, and we’ve been able to build a picture of Annie’s life since the death of her parents in 2009.”
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