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Australia SA Police investigating death of woman in 'disgusting and degrading circumstances'

08:38  15 may  2020
08:38  15 may  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Police say Ann-Marie Smith died of factors including severe septic shock, multi-organ failure and severe pressure sores after being stuck in a cane chair in her home for more than a year. © ABC News Images Police say Ann-Marie Smith died of factors including severe septic shock, multi-organ failure and severe pressure sores after being stuck in a cane chair in her home for more than a year.

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Police are investigating how an Adelaide woman with cerebral palsy was allowed to die in "disgusting and degrading circumstances", and have declared her death a major crime.

They say Ann-Marie Smith died on April 6 of severe septic shock, multi-organ failure, severe pressure sores and issues connected with her cerebral palsy after being stuck in a cane chair in her Kensington Gardens home for more than a year.

The 54-year-old lived alone in Adelaide's eastern suburbs and relied on a carer for all of her needs.

A complaint was made about Ms Smith's care and police have now opened a manslaughter investigation alongside a coronial inquiry.

SA Police said Ms Smith was left in a cane chair for 24 hours a day for up to a year before she died.

More to come.

Ann Marie Smith was surrounded by privilege but died in squalor — and her life remains a mystery .
The circumstances surrounding her death have shocked the public, appalled authorities and stunned police — but the details of Ann Marie Smith's life remain a mystery.Most of Ann Marie Smith's neighbours knew she was there, but reports of when they last saw her vary wildly.

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