Elderly Michigan City woman faces neglect charge after her disabled son dies
A 71-year-old woman faces a criminal negligence charge and a 20 to 40-year prison sentence after her bedridden, mentally disabled son was taken to hospital and later died with bedsores affected by bruises feces, according to court records.
A plea of not guilty was entered Tuesday for Mary Lee Wilke of Michigan City in LaPorte Superior Court. She is charged with criminal negligence of a dependent resulting in death, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
An adult protective services worker said the blanket Jason Wilke was brought on “fused to his skin” when he was taken to a Michigan City hospital, according to a police affidavit.
Wilke informed the worker that when she was cleaning her son, “he would scream in pain if she touched him anywhere near” the wounds, police said.
Police say Wilke told them her son was “dumped” on her in 2014 after he was involved in an ATV accident in Tennessee. She said her son became bedridden in 2019 and has not seen a doctor since due to his Social Security benefits being revoked and no health insurance.
He died on February 1. His age was unclear.
On March 1, Wilke was taken to LaPorte County Jail, where she remains on $100,000 cash bond, records show.
Online court records did not show an attorney for Wilke.