Staffordshire woman killed her mother after leaving her in a chair for one year


A Staffordshire woman who left her elderly mother sitting in a chair for up to 12 months before her death, was jailed yesterday (April 23).

Linda Farr, 68, of Cardiff Grove, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to gross negligence and manslaughter which led to the death of her ill mother, Doreen.

86-year-old Doreen Shufflebotham, died on September 6 2016, having suffered a fracture and infection of the femur, sepsis, a pulmonary embolism, deep vain thrombosis and acute bacterial meningitis.

During an investigation into her death, medical experts estimated that Doreen had not moved from the chair that she had been sat in, for eight to twelve months.

Detective Inspector Dan Ison, of Staffordshire Police, said: “It is very upsetting to hear the extent of negligence in this case.

“Doreen’s injuries were incredibly severe and she must have experienced terrible pain in her last few months as she became increasingly ill.

“This was a very traumatic experience for our investigating officers and I would like to praise their professionalism in the face of these horrific injuries and conditions.

“I hope this raises awareness to others that appropriate medical advice should always be sought, especially if an elderly person is involved.”

Farr was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court to a 20 month suspended for two years for the offence


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