ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Two men have been arrested on neglect and tampering with evidence charges  after their 64-year-old mother was found dead on Friday.

Karen Mariner suffered from multiple sclerosis. Her primary caretaker for at least the last year was her 36-year-old son Clayton Mariner, who lived with her. Assisting him with her care was his older brother, 40-year-old Jason Mariner, who lived elsewhere. Apparently, both were being paid to care for their mom.

What’s being reported indicates that Clayton Mariner told police that his mother was “fine” on Thursday night but dead the next morning; it also seems he called his brother and two funeral homes before alerting police. I find it a bit strange that Clayton would describe Ms. Mariner as being “fine” on Thursday when the criminal complaint suggests that she had numerous bedsores, maggots coming out of sores, visible bones, and skin growing around her leg braces. Got that? Skin growing around her leg braces.

Family members are defending the Mariner brothers, saying that the focus of the investigation should be a home healthcare company that apparently stopped showing up to provide assistance to Karen Mariner. As of Friday, Jason was being held on a $5,000 bond, and Clayton was held on a $50,000 bond.

Multiple sclerosis completely and totally sucks ass. I’d rather opt for a disease that has some pretty decent treatment rather than something that can screw up pretty much any part of your neurological system. I think of Karen Mariner suffering from this disease bedridden, in braces, with bedsores and maggots and displayed bone, and I am horrified.

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