Friday, March 27, 2015

Daughter pleads guilty in 100-year-old mother's abuse death



BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — Mary Strawser has never said why she neglected her own mother for years, why she didn’t feed her or clean her or ever even get the 100-year-old woman the medical attention she so clearly needed as a slow and painful death crept closer.

But Strawser admitted today for the first time that she did, in fact, let Blanche Cowen suffer and die on a ratty old couch, emaciated, dehydrated and covered in her own filth.

Strawser, 77, pleaded guilty in Logan County Common Pleas Court to felony charges of reckless homicide and theft from an elderly person. She had originally been charged with involuntary manslaughter but Prosecutor William T. Goslee said even though she is pleading to a different charge, he will still argue that Strawser be sent to prison.

“She should not get a free pass,” Goslee said. “I’ve never seen a worse case of elder abuse and neglect. Not ever.”

Judge Mark S. O’Connor allowed Strawser to remain free on bond until she is sentenced on May 4. She faces as many as six years in prison.

Cowen had been kept for years in a dilapidated house trailer about 15 feet away from Strawser’s nearly 1,400-square-foot, well-maintained house on 20 acres in rural Rushsylvania. Authorities found her dead on the dirty couch on March 10, 2014, after Sonny Ray Scott, a mentally-disabled man Strawser had allowed to live there, called 911 to say Cowen wasn’t breathing.

The coroner said Cowen died of dehyradation, a urinary tract infection and infection from untreated bedsores the size of footballs, some so deep that her bones were exposed. But those medical explanations don’t really convey the condition that Cowen had been left in for years. Her adult diaper hadn’t even been changed in probably a year and had mostly rotted away, said Mike Brugler, a detective with the Logan County sheriff’s office.

The photographs of her condition were so graphic that prosecutors say they will show them to O’Connor in his private chambers rather than in open court before Strawser is sentenced. And moreover, Goslee said, an autopsy showed that internally, Cowen otherwise would have been in remarkable health for a women her age and friends who had spoken to her on the phone over time said she never lost her faculties. Which all means she suffered a great deal as her body slowly decayed and wasted away, Goslee said.

Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Warren said that as Strawser was living on her mother’s monthly $650 Social Security check for the last few years — shopping, eating out and even going to the doctor herself — Cowen hadn’t seen a doctor since she broke her foot in 2008. Relatives were kept away after that, and it appears the last time Cowen was moved from the couch was a year before her death in May 2013, when Strawser and Scott dragged a kiddie pool into the living room and “bathed” her and took her to a gathering for her 100th birthday..

Strawser had allowed Scott to stay with her mother rent-free in exchange for helping with her care. But he was barely able to care for himself. He was in poor health and had a low-functioning IQ. He had faced the same charges as Strawser for Cowen’s death, but he died of a heart attack in December in the same run-down trailer where Cowen died. He was 66.

Today, as Warren read through the graphic nature of Cowen’s condition, Strawser just shook her head no. In answer to the judge’s questions, Strawser said she’d only completed the 10th grade in school and had once worked at a factory in Kenton. Otherwise, she said nothing on her own behalf. Her attorney, William F. Kluge, said he expects to present her side of the story at sentencing.

Warren said Scott’s death complicated matters and played a role in allowing Strawser to plead to a lower-degree felony charge. Her age, and the question of whether she would even get more prison time with the original charge, also factored in.

But Warren agrees with Goslee that prison is appropriate. She said Strawser’s neglect of her mother appeared not only to be motivated by money but also by hatred.

“Distant relatives have said that Mary Strawser was just not a nice person,” Warren said. “They say she had always treated her mother badly.”

Goslee said he hopes the case sends a message to others: “If you assume the duty of care of an elderly person ... and if you fail, if you neglect their needs, you can and will be criminally charged.”

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12 comments:

Rosanna Miller said...

This is more repulsive and insulting to me than anybody who will read this. It makes me sick. Logan County Ohio is where my Mom was murdered and Dad was abused to plunder their estate now over $850,000. Bill Goslee is fully aware what the court system and minions did to my parents. I've ask for "HUMANS" to act accordingly but instead found the kin to satan. He knows none of the judges were oathed to be sitting on the bench. He knows Ann's murder investigation was botched. He knows APS and the Medical agencies are worthless. He knows judge O'Connor aided the abuser/suspect to walk free from conviction. He knows they all conspired to steal the estate, etc, etc, etc, so why isn't he prosecuting them when I filed criminal complaints????? This has been filed to ALL State and Federal agencies too.
He neglected to mention in his TV ad they only go after "citizens" NOT "government" criminals.
This is disgusting while I still FIGHT for justice. So excuse my rudeness why I can't understand how HUMANS could do this to two good God loving people.

This is just a SAMPLING of the criminal acts the "corporate government" is allowed to commit and get away with.

Ann's murder....
https://www.dropbox.com/s/micva6gie8j412t/1%20-%20RICO%20Murder%20of%20Ann%20for%20PROFIT0001.pdf?dl=0

Clair's abuse.....
https://www.dropbox.com/s/za14hgw64ibnqzx/2%20-%20RICO%20Abusing%20of%20Clair%20for%20PROFIT0001.pdf?dl=0

Conspiracy to steal.....
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1jmujjccgrehevu/3%20-%20RICO%20CORPORATION%20INSURRECTION0001.pdf?dl=0

Due Process is abolished.....
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wdxaxbzs3ctznm2/4%20-%20RICO%20notice%20to%20Representatives.pdf?dl=0

This site is dedicated to two moral people with the last example of virtue to be found..... http://eldermurderabuseandexploitation.blogspot.com/2014/02/1-elder-murder-abuse-and-exploitation.html

and they can't stop there they have to victimize me because I want the criminals held accountable...... http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/pdf_viewer/pdf_viewer.aspx?pdf=761133.pdf

full case docket.... http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/Clerk/ecms/resultsbycasenumber.asp?type=3&year=2015&number=0087&myPage=searchbypartyname.asp

Currently Clair is being murdered by chemical restraint loaded on psychotropic drugs needlessly removed from his daughter for kicks and grins.

Before I die I would like to know why some people get justice and not others. OH WAIT.... I think it is called a "CONFLICT OF INTEREST" when everybody in government belongs to the same club.

Rosanna Miller said...

This is in the webblog but believe WORTH posting separately. Keep in mind this was a few years ago when the theft was less. Once a criminal realizes they can get away with crimes they will continue. Like a serial killer you have to stop them. And that is what this is human trafficking of our elderly for profit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BklbWPuPols

StandUp said...

This makes me sick as well. To do that to ones own Mother is unbelievable to me. I hope she rots in hades.

NASGA said...

The links Rosanna Miller posted did not post as active links, and have to be copied/pasted to your browser to view the material.

So, we are posting the active links so readers won't have to copy/paste.

NASGA said...

Ann's Murder

NASGA said...

Clair's Abuse

NASGA said...

Conspiracy to Steal

NASGA said...

Due Process is Abolished

NASGA said...

This site is dedicated to two moral people with the last example of virtue to be found

NASGA said...

And they can't stop there; they have to victimize me because I want the criminals held accountable

NASGA said...

Full Case Docket

NASGA said...

This is in the weblog but I believe worth posting separately