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Albany woman accused in starving death of elderly mother

An Albany woman was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for manslaughter on allegations she failed to
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A city woman was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on manslaughter and other charges based on allegations she failed to feed or care for her mother, who starved to death.

A sealed indictment was handed up against Carol Adams, 47, charging her with felony counts of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person. Adams faces as much as 15 years in prison if convicted. She was arraigned in Albany County Court and turned over to Albany County sheriff’s deputies, according to city police

The indictment alleges that for several weeks, Adams recklessly caused the death of her mother. Adams agreed to provide care to her mother and then failed to adequately do so, resulting in profound malnutrition, according to the indictment.

“This tragic death could have easily been avoided with just one phone call, and sadly this case exemplifies a trend that is all too common,” said Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares. “Elder abuse is a crime, and we must do more to protect some of our societies most vulnerably citizens.”

Police said the investigation started after an 911 call came in to the Albany Fire Department on Jan. 16. When paramedics arrived, police said, they found 78-year-old Beth Adams in her bed, unresponsive and with no pulse. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

An autopsy conducted the next day revealed the victim died as a result of profound malnutrition, police said. The Children & Family Services Unit of the Albany Police Department then initiated an investigation, which focused on Carol Adams, police said.

According to relatives, Carol Adams had been living with her mother for an extended period of time and was supposed to care for her, police said. Over an extended period of time Carol failed to provide her mother with the minimal amount of nutrition to survive, police said, and no one else lived in the residence during that time.

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