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Family Neglected Woman to Death: Authorities

The family of a 65-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say the woman’s body was found covered in infected bedsores that left her ribs exposed, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Mary Winston, a former nurse, had rheumatoid arthritis that was so severe she couldn’t move. Her husband told authorities they should have sought professional medical care, but they were scared to let authorities see how badly her condition had deteriorated. 

Authorities arrested her husband, Osmond Montgomery Winston, 67, and the couple's two daughters, Hyacinth Winston, 43, and Belinda Winston, 39, on Wednesday, charging them all with manslaughter. They've also issued an arrest warrant for son, Osmond Ignatius Winston, 45, who may be out of Florida right now.

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