TAMPA - WARNING: Article contains graphic details of abuse
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say a woman's husband, son and daughters neglected her so badly over the course of three years she died as a result.
Mary Winston was alive when maggots began eating her body and she had bed sores so large her rib cage was exposed, detectives say.
The 65-year-old suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and depended on family members for care.
According to deputies, over a three year span Winston developed bed sores which were not properly treated and became so advanced, maggots became active on and insider her body.
Additionally, one bed sore was so advanced, it developed into a permanent open wound, which fully exposed the back of Winston's rib cage, thus leaving rib bones exposed to the open air, deputies say.
This occurred at 11029 Airview Drive in Tampa. Winston's two daughters apparently lived with her.
Deputies say bandages were applied to Winston but were not put on properly. In the end, those bandages became fused to the wounds.
Upon Winston's death, her bed sheets were found stuck to her back, deputies say.
Deputies say the woman also smelled of urine and feces.
Winston, according to a press release, was immobile for so long the skin on her legs became fused together.
Winston died on October 25, 2012. Deputies say her son saw her last on October 21.
On October 26, the medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy and ruled the manner of death as homicide.
Her husband, Osmond Montgomery Winston and her two daughters, Belinda J. Winston and Hyacinth Winston, were arrested for aggravated manslaughter (neglect of the disabled).
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