A Columbia County Grand Jury indicted a Martinez woman and her daughter of murder and cruelty in the death of an 85-year-old woman in their care.
The jury indicted Deborah Yvonne Hill, 48, and her daughter Brittany Michelle Hurst, 19, on murder and cruelty to persons 65 years and older, according to court documents released Friday.
They are charged in the death of 85-year-old Blanche Aline Carpenter, a friend of Hill’s grandmother. Hill and Hurst were Carpenter’s caregivers at their Locks Hill home when they reported her death to police Aug. 25.
According to authorities, Carpenter had been dead about two days. An autopsy revealed she died from medical complications of neglect.
Both women initially claimed Carpenter was alive and responsive earlier in the day in the bedroom she shared with Hill’s grandmother. Hurst later told police she knew of Carpenter’s demise and she was covered with a plastic sheet that police found in an outside garbage can, according to investigators.
Hill also faces three counts of cruelty to children for allowing her children, ages 16, 11, and 9 at the time of her arrest, to live in unsanitary conditions. She’s also charged with two counts of misdemeanor failure to educate for not sending two of the children to school.
The oldest child is with his father. The two youngest children are in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. Hill’s grandmother and her disabled husband, who is under the supervision of Adult Protective Services, are in assisted living facilities.
A judge denied to grant a bond for Hill and Hurst in September. Both are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center.