Phoenix police say they arrested a woman and her husband for abusing her brother to death while under their care.
According to Phoenix police Officer James Holmes, the suspects were identified as 27-year-old Carlena Molina Pinkerton and 31-year-old Joshua Edward Pinkerton.
The victim, 22-year-old James Roy Moore, was mentally disabled and the suspects were his legal caregivers, Holmes said.
Moore was Carlena Pinkerton’s brother.
On Friday, the suspects reportedly drove Moore to the hospital and left him there.
That’s when medical staff saw that Moore had two black eyes, closed head injuries, bruising all over his body, and open pattern wounds all over, Holmes said.
Medical staff then reportedly diagnosed Moore with several fractures and dislocations to his nose, right hip, right femur, and right arm.
Holmes said Moore also had a collapsed lung, acute renal failure due to dehydration, malnutrition, and sepsis because the wounds were infected and had “flesh-eating bacteria.”
He also had an inch-long object in his throat, Holmes said.
The hospital called Phoenix police because the injuries were suspicious, he said.
After attempts to save Moore’s life at the hospital, he was pronounced dead around 9:30 a.m. Friday.
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PD: Caregivers Abuse Brother to Death in Phoenix