A couple in Clark County, Kentucky, have been charged with murder over the death of their adult son with down syndrome.
Albert Christy, 61, and Patsy Christy, 65, were both arrested on Monday, Feb. 26, after interviews with detectives from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Winchester Sun reported.
Their house is located at 340 Schoolhouse Lane.
Police said they have been investigating the case since the parent’s 20-year-old son Logan Christy died in December last year, WKYT reported.
Contributing factors to the son’s death included neglect, malnutrition, and dehydration, according to a medical examiner’s report. He also suffered from pneumonia.
The autopsy found that Logan weighed only 61 pounds when he died, according to the Winchester Sun.
It was also revealed that there was nothing inside the victim’s stomach.
But Patsy denied the accusations, claiming she had fed Logan before calling 911, WKYT reported.
“It’s a heart-breaking case because its very preventable,” Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. told the newspaper. “It’s a case of pure neglect.”
The parents received government benefits from their son until he turned 18. However, the parents failed to assist Logan in applying for any additional government benefits after he reached that age.
This is just terrible. The medical examiner said there were no contents in the victim's stomach during the autopsy. https://t.co/1ucRGZSAXy
— WKYT (@WKYT) February 27, 2018
Detectives said that Logan’s room at the residence was nearly unlivable. They said he was only given fluids from a sippy cup.
Perdue said Logan had not been given any insurance or medical care in the past two years, according to the Winchester Sun.
Two other children still live at their parent’s home. They told WKYT that their parents would never intentionally starve anyone.
The parents are each being held on a $1 million cash bond in the Clark County Detention Center. They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Clark District Court.