Police officials have taken a 52-year-old mother, identified as Amy, into custody and subsequently charged her with multiple offenses related to the tragic malnourishment death of her 23-year-old daughter, Cora.
Court Commissioner Kevin found probable cause to support the charge and ordered Amy’s detention in jail pending trial, as per court documents.
During interviews with investigators, the mother allegedly admitted to intentionally starving her daughter, Cora, who reportedly suffered from severe autism. Amy claimed that she withheld nourishment from her daughter to avoid upsetting her with concerns about her weight.
The distressing incident unfolded in June 2023 when Amy, Cora’s legal guardian and full-time caregiver since 2017 due to her daughter’s severe autism, dialed 911 to report her daughter’s lifeless body. First responders arrived at the scene and discovered Cora without a pulse, struggling to breathe, and beyond medical assistance.
Authorities noted that Cora appeared emaciated and extremely thin, weighing a mere 70 pounds at the time of her death. Her hip bones and rib bones were visible through her skin, her eyes were sunken, and she had virtually no fatty tissue on her body, according to court reports. The court documents confirm that Cora’s death was ruled a homicide, with the caregiver failing to provide her daughter with adequate hydration and nutrition.
Amy revealed during interviews with investigators that her daughter had not left their residence since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cora refused to attend school, receive visitors, or go anywhere. Additionally, the mother disclosed that her daughter had not seen a doctor in person for the past four years.
When questioned by a detective about why she hadn’t sought emergency medical assistance for her daughter’s severe weight loss, the defendant explained that she had refrained from doing so to avoid causing her daughter distress about her weight. She remarked, “I probably should have taken her in, I didn’t want to upset her more. That was always a goal of mine, to keep her calm.”