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5 relatives accused of gory elder abuse

BOSTON | An 80-year-old woman lay uninterrupted for a month in a recliner soaked with her waste, her long toenails curling back into her skin and suffering from deep bedsores, authorities said in announcing charges against five family members.

The woman was in critical condition at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River on Wednesday, said Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter. Authorities did not release the woman’s name.

She had a bacterial infection in her bloodstream and was covered with bedsores, including one so deep that tendons could be seen through her decomposing skin, Mr. Miliote said. She also had 1-inch facial hair around her mouth, he said.

“This is just a horrendous set of facts. The condition she was in is something none of us have seen,” Mr. Miliote said.

Her daughter, Karen Cabral, and her husband, Duarte, were charged with multiple counts of elderly abuse. Three of the woman’s grandsons, Scott Cabral, Corey Cabral and Keith Cabral, also were charged. All five were arraigned Tuesday and were being held at the Bristol County House of Correction on Wednesday.


Bear kills 1, hurts 2 at Yellowstone camp

HELENA | At least one bear rampaged through a campground near Yellowstone National Park before dawn Wednesday, killing one person and injuring two others before campers sought shelter in their cars, wildlife officials said.

Tents were smashed in the 4 a.m. attack that left a man dead at the Soda Butte campground. A woman suffered severe lacerations from bites on her arms, while another man was bitten on his calf and taken to a hospital in Cody, Wyo. Wildlife officials did not release the identities or ages of the victims.

Authorities will set traps and seek bear hair, saliva and droppings while measuring the bite wounds of victims to determine the type and number of bears involved in the attack.

“Obviously, the bear’s gone now. Will it come back tonight? That’s the question,” Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said.


Immigrant-law case put on hold

OMAHA | A judge says she’s not sure whether lawsuits filed to block a Nebraska city’s ban on hiring and renting to illegal immigrants should be heard in federal or state court.

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