INDEPENDENCE, Mo.—A suburban Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to elder abuse after his 74-year-old mother was left sitting in a vinyl recliner for so long that her skin partially fused to the chair.
Fifty-three-year-old James Owens, of Independence, was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court. Owen also admitted to a forgery charge that stemmed from cashing a Social Security check after his mother died of an apparent stroke.
Police were called after Owens’ mother, Carol Brown, was taken to a hospital last October and found to have a maggot infestation.
Court records show Owens told a state official he left his mother in the chair for five days because he was honoring her wishes to die in her Independence home.