January 12, 2012

Lori Del Hierro Made Excuses While Wild Animals Chewed Off Her Mother-In-Law's Toes

Las Cruces, New Mexico (The Weekly Vice) - Lori Del Hierro, 39, and her daughter Angelique Del Hierro have been indicted after police discovered a neglected elderly relative inside their home, whose toes had been chewed off by wild animals.

According to police, an investigation was launched late last year after police received a complaint of suspected neglect.

When officers arrived at the family's trailer home to conduct a welfare check, they found Lori Del Hierro's elderly mother-in-law strapped to a medical bed that was parked in the home's dilapidated living room.

Investigators say the home was deplorable, with large holes in the floors that allowed rats and wild cats to enter or leave the residence at will. The home was also filled with a heavy odor of urine.

The elderly victim, 86-year-old Maria Najera was found bound to a bed wearing only a diaper. Wild animals had chewed off the woman's toes on both feet. Najara died 10 days later from pneumonia.

Lori Del Hierro told investigators that she didn't think her mother-in-law suffered much, because she had poor circulation in her limbs. She also told police that her daughter was supposed to be taking care of the victim, because she had previously worked in a nursing home.

As the investigation continued, detectives learned that Del Hierro had been using her mother-in-laws medicare and social security benefits to pay her own bills, although the victim had only resided with them for a few months.

Both women were indicted on December 29, 2011 on a charge of neglecting a care facility resident. They may also face federal charges in regards to misappropriating funds from the victim's medicaid and social security.

The suspects are not in custody but have been notified to appear in court on January 23rd to answer the charges. (this may explain why we were not able to obtain mug shots for both women - the woman above is Lori Del Hierros.)

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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