Well folks. This is a tough one but one I think is worthy of sharing for a couple reasons. First, it's a tough one because it's in my own state, for
one. This hardly gives a warm image to Missouri. A state that, for whatever reason, rarely makes the news either way, anyway. I hate it when those few
times are for unthinkable things like this. It's worthy to share, IMO, to show how serious a problem this is, and how quickly it can spiral into
Last but not least, it is worth sharing to see that not every bad guy (or woman) 'gets away with it' somehow in the end and Courts do get it right,
if just occasionally.
Here is what I call a nightmare of neglect and lack of basic care.
The woman in this case is/was a Certified Nurses Assistant or CNA. Basically someone on the bottom end of the professional credentials in Nursing, but
who is qualified and quite capable of taking care of their diabetic mother, as this indicates the woman moved in to do. She quit her job and became a
full time caregiver.
Within a month, Linda had quit her job to provide her diabetic mother, Lorraine, with round-the-clock care after quitting her job. She "first
noticed a bedsore the size of a tennis ball on Lorraine's upper buttocks on January 20, 2010," according to the ruling.
After Lorraine's husband died less than two weeks later, and Gargus discouraged visitors after the funeral. A granddaughter of Lorraine who
eventually visited the mobile home described it as "dirty and smelly" with Lorraine's "bed ... located in the living room with animal cages
stacked around it from floor to ceiling," the court noted.
The Granddaughter found a rodent bite which prompted an action call to authorities. They came, saw and moved the old lady into proper medical care.
Unfortunately, the damage was obscenely beyond repair by that stage. Even by medicine at today's levels.
"The infection had eaten the skin and subcutaneous fat around the bedsore, and an investigator for the Missouri Department of Health and
Senior Services testified she could see victim's tailbone through the basketball-sized wound," the ruling states. "The infection tested positive
for staph and had turned septic."
Lorraine's doctor concluded that the wound on her foot was "consistent with having been eaten by a rodent."
Her leg was amputated below the knee the next day, and she died a short time later, on March 11, 2010, from multiple organ failure caused by the
It's important to highlight the timeline here, as it's among the reasons I shared this. It's more than a criminal issue to read about with passing
interest, but practical words of caution too.
Dec, 2009 - The woman here moves in to take care of her mother.
Jan, 2010 - The bedsore, the size of a tennis ball at that stage, is first noticed.
March, 2010 - The lady is dead from Staph infection and multiple organ failure.
Part of the last period, we know, she was under medical care and they were hoping enough to at least try the amputation ..making the time period for
the infection shorter than the dates alone would indicate. It really got my attention and I thought it worth making a point on.
Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Gargus claimed on appeal that the state had failed to prove that she knowingly caused harm to her
Source: Courthouse News
She'll have a few more years, at least, to think about what she did to her own Mother. I do hope in terms of how prison time can go for a person,
hers is especially hard time. Missouri can be that way, I hear.