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Woman Charged With Manslaughter In Death of Elderly Woman

August 19, 1995

OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ The private guardian of an 83-year-old woman was charged Friday with manslaughter after investigators discovered the elderly woman hadn’t been fed for six weeks.

Brenda Mitchell, 41, was charged with grand theft and manslaughter by negligence in the Aug. 12 death of Stella Allison. Mitchell was in jail Friday night awaiting a bail hearing Saturday.

Allison’s body was found with maggot-infested sores, parts of her spine exposed, and bodily fluids seeping through her skin, said sheriff’s Lt. Joe Cobb.

When Allison died, her teeth were falling out and she weighed only 66 pounds, Cobb said. An autopsy showed she hadn’t eaten for at least six weeks.

Authorities said the woman had no family.

Mitchell was being paid more than $800 per month by lawyer Jerry Kipp of Akron, Ohio, who managed Allison’s finances, Cobb said. No one answered the phone Friday at Kipp’s Ohio number.

Mitchell moved from Akron to Florida in 1990 and asked that Allison accompany her. Since settling here, Cobb said, Mitchell forged medical documents to show the attorney that Allison was in good health.

The fake documents were signed by a Dr. John Horseman of Gainesville, who Cobb said doesn’t exist.

One forged document quoted Horseman as saying: ``Stella Allison should stay with her guardian the rest of her life.″

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