Monday, January 26, 2009

Neglected to death

Flint, Michigan - When the body of 73-year-old Katherine Mukdsi was found in a wheelchair on the front porch of her home last year, she weighed only 63 pounds; according to the medical examiner, the cause of her death was malnutrition and dehydration. Last Friday (January 23), her son, Christopher Mukdsi, aged 50, who lived with her, was charged with her murder for allowing her to die from malnutrition and dehydration. As reported by the Chicago Tribune,
Katherine Mukdsi was determined to be a homicide victim because she wasn't given proper care.

"She looked like she was 103," Prosecutor David Leyton said.

The Genesee County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Katherine Mukdsi died June 3 from "lack of care." Results of an autopsy noted malnutrition and dehydration, as well as bed sore ulcers on her body.

The 5-foot-4 woman weighed 63 pounds when she died, and her son carried her body outside after her death, washed it with a hose and put her body in a clean nightgown before calling 911, prosecutors said.

According to investigators, Christopher Mukdsi went to live with his mother after his father died in 2002, and supported himself from her Social Security checks, her pension and $300 monthly check she earned from investments. Christopher Mukdsi has been charged with murder and second-degree vulnerable adult abuse and is being held in jail. A pretrial hearing is set for this Friday.

See also this report by