INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis couple is charged with neglect in the death of their paralyzed 18-year-old daughter who died wearing only a diaper and covered in blackened bedsores.
John and Lavonne Kelley are accused of failing to seek medical treatment for Linda Kelley, who suffered from spina bifida and died Aug. 4 in the family's home. The Marion County coroner's office determined the cause of death was acute and chronic bedsores. Poor hygiene was listed as a contributory factor.
The Kelleys each face a felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. Court documents show they had previously been accused of neglect.
Linda Kelley was paralyzed from the waist down and had a shunt, or tube, in her brain.