Alex Cabrero Reporting Tonight a disturbing story of neglect, one that's difficult for anyone to hear. But at the same time it's a story that needs to be told, hoping nothing like it will happen again.
An elderly Magna woman was taken out of her home and state officials are looking into it as a possible case of abuse and neglect. A case, defying human dignity.
The Deseret Morning News broke this story, and if you have a weak stomach, this will probably bother you because it bothered workers who usually deal with this kind of stuff with Adult Protective Services.
The 72-year old woman lived in a house off Centennial Drive in Magna. Fire crews say they were called to the house because the woman was having a stroke, but when they arrived they found her conditions were much worse.
Sheriff's deputies are now involved because we're told the woman was found sitting in her own waste, which appeared to be several weeks old, and even had maggots eating her flesh where she had open wounds. A United Fire Authority spokesperson told the Deseret Morning News crews had to wear masks and gowns when they went back into the house.
The woman was living with her daughter who also had her own four children living in the house. The conditions of neglect were so bad, adult and child protective services are now involved as well.
The woman was taken to the hospital. For now, we're told the children are staying with neighbors, and no arrests have been made until further investigations are conducted.
For more on this disturbing story, you can read Saturday's edition of the Deseret Morning News.