September 08, 2010

Darrel White - Charged With Manslaughter After Allowing Flesh Eating Maggots To Eat His Wife To Death

Cincinnati, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) - Darrel White, a 64-year-old Cincinnati man was indicted Friday after he allegedly neglected his bedridden wife, allowing her to eaten to death by maggots.

According to Cincinnati police, officers responded to a 911 call from White's home late July after his wife passed away from a lack of medical care.

When police arrived, the couple's house was so filthy, officers were forced to use masks and bio-hazard suits to enter the residence.

Investigators say when detectives entered the residence, they found White's deceased wife, 46-year-old Jorene White, in the living room.

Detectives first believed that she had been dead for over a week due to the state of decomposition due to the large numbers of maggots and flies that infested her bed sores.

The Hamilton County Coroner stated, however, that she had only been dead for a day, and that the maggots were eating her flesh long before her death. Her official cause of death was sepsis, which is a blood infection.

White told authorities that his wife had been bed-ridden for severe arthritis since a hospital stay in 2003. Doctors recommended further treatment, but White states that his wife refused to ever go back to the hospital again.

White was booked into the Hamilton County Jail and charged with involuntary manslaughter and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, which carries a maximum sentence of eleven-and-a-half years in prison.

The couple's sons, who visited the home on occasion were not charged because White reportedly kept his wife covered with a white sheet when they would visit.

The Weekly Vice Opinion:

That's right folks. The man allowed maggots to eat his wife's body to death and in the end he blamed her for it.

It doesn't get much weaker than that.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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