When Scott Sandefur arrived at his home in Cherokee Village, Arkansas, it was obvious his elderly mother had been the subject of a gruesome attack.
As KAIT News reports, on May 11, 92-year-old Jane Palmer Sandefur was found lying on the floor in a pool of her own blood. Lying unconscious beside Jane was her caretaker, 55-year-old Jennifer Lea Collins.
The source of the blood was evident: Jane was covered in bite marks.Screenshot/KAIT News
According to Arkansas Online, police noted that:
The victim appeared to have part of her chin bitten off.
A police report obtained by KAIT went on to state:
She had also been bitten on the face, hand, arm, leg, and the nipple of the victim’s left breast had been bitten off.
Scott had hired Collins to help care for his mother, but when police arrived to question her, Collins was incoherent and smelled of alcohol. Ominously, police also noticed that Collins had blood around her mouth.
Jane was taken to the hospital and later told investigators that Collins had bitten her face and beat her. Collins was charged with first-degree battery and abuse of an endangered or impaired person.
A week after the attack, Jane died of pneumonia in the hospital. While the bites did not kill her, authorities said the attack led to Jane’s death and charged Collins with second-degree murder. Prosecutor Henry Boyce told Arkansas Online:
“I had no problem drawing conclusions that [the bites] led to serious injury that caused her death.”
Collins’s lawyer has requested she be mentally evaluated before standing trial. As one shocked resident of Cherokee Village told KAIT:
“To think someone would do the stuff that I heard about that lady doing to that little elderly lady, that’s disturbing. It’s making me think that lady might have had some problems.”
Boyce agreed, telling Arkansas Online:
“It’s a bizarre case. I’ve never seen anything like this.”