ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Their mother is dead and two Albuquerque brothers are in jail, after police said their neglect contributed to her death.
The two brothers were supposed to care for their mother, according to police. Their family said the men were caring for her because she had Multiple Sclerosis.
Jason Mariner and Clayton Mariner were arrested after police found their 64-year-old mother Karen dead in a hospice bed inside her northwest Albuquerque home last week.
Police said the woman’s body was covered in bedsores and insects. She also had a broken shin and her skin had grown over a foot brace, police said.
The brothers' uncle, Steve Gunn, said police have it all wrong, and that his sister-in-law’s death was probably due to disease.
“Ever since I can remember, she’s had MS. It went from stumbling, to wheel chair, to bed ridden,” Gunn said.
However, Gunn admitted that the conditions inside the home were not entirely healthy. He said a nursing agency was supposed to help the brothers look after their mother, but they stopped coming a few months back.