Pennsylvania woman, Deborah Butler, 73, ran the Luckenbaugh Personal Care Home in Hanover for years before moving her elderly patients to her own residence across the street for care.
Little did her patients’ families know, Butler was keeping them in horrifying conditions.
According to Fox 43, the family of a 96-year-old patient Mary Stoner rushed her to the hospital in February 2016 after they discovered over half her body was covered in a rash. She also appeared to have multiple sores.
Hospital staff notified police about the elderly woman, who had been in Butler’s care for the past decade. And when they went to the home to investigate, they knew what caused the festering rash.
According to YDR, West Manheim Township Police found bed bugs covering the elderly care home when they arrived. There were so many bugs, they were “scurrying” along the walls and over bedding.
Another patient, who lived on the first floor, was blind but said she could “feel them crawling.”
Two weeks after police the discovery, Stoner died from “complications of sepsis following a bed bug infestation.”
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on blood, and often hide inside bedding. According to the EPA, an infestation can spread quickly once they start reproducing in a home.
If bed bugs are found crawling along walls, like they were in Butler’s home, then the infestation is likely severe.
Butler was arrested and brought up on felony charges of neglecting the care of a dependent person and involuntary manslaughter.West Manheim Township Police
She is expected to plead guilty at her hearing on December 4 as part of an agreement, according to the York Dispatch. Stoner’s family is in support of the agreement, said chief deputy prosecutor Tim Barker:
“What we’re discussing is fair and appropriate, considering the circumstances.”
Butler has been released from jail on $50,000 unsecured bail.