Two women accused of neglecting an elderly woman so badly she died were charged in court Wednesday morning.
Prosecutors say that Effie Tutor and Patti Goodwill ignored a patient's bedsores to the point it lead to the woman's death.
Tutor was charged with criminal mistreatment in the death of her patient, Jean Rudolph. Rudolph had dementia and was staying in the Houghton Lakeview Adult Family Home in Kirkland. Rudolph's family visited her there often, but they say they couldn't see that underneath her clothes she had developed deep bedsores.
Prosecutors say Tutor was in charge of monitoring the wheelchair-bound Rudolph for pressure sores. They believe Tutor knew about the wounds for close to a month, but didn't get additional medical care for Rudolph.
By the time Rudolph went to the hospital she had seven sores, some so deep they went to the bone. She died shortly after from a combination of pneumonia and bone infection.
Rudolph's son says what happened to his mother still haunts him.
"A lot of sleepless nights - the conditions that were discovered were so terrifying. You can't sleep a full night," said the victim's son.
Tutor is behind bars on $75,000 bail.
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Women Accused of Neglecting a Patient to Death