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March 12, 2010 at 5:05 PM

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Seattle woman sentenced to jail for neglecting bed-ridden mom

Posted by John de Leon

A Seattle woman who severely neglected her 83-year-old mother was sentenced Friday to 12 months in jail for second-degree criminal mistreatment and first-degree theft.

Margaret Adell George's mother was found living in deplorable conditions in her Beacon Hill home in December 2008. Seattle police detectives said the immobile woman appeared to have been neglected for an extended period of time before authorities found her in her home in the 4900 block of 26th Avenue South.

Police and medics found her confined to her bed, infested with maggots and surrounded by feces and urine. According to police, a relative of the elderly woman called police after being unable to reach her.

In charging papers, prosecutors said George withdrew $13,000 from her mother's bank account to buy a car, and had transferred more than $40,000 from a joint account she shared with her mother into an account in her own name.

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