Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Polish Immigrant Survives Nazi Inmigration Camp but not Treatment by Daughter

By DONALD BRADLEY The Kansas City Star

A Lexington, Mo. woman pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from the death of her mother, an 85-year-old Alzheimer’s patient whose body was found stuck to the floor in the two’s home.

Authorities say the mother, Longina Skrzelewski, a Polish immigrant who had survived a concentration camp, had been on the floor at least three weeks before dying Jan. 23, 2005, and that she was soiled by her own urine and feces.

The daughter, Suzanne Skrzelewski, 59, initially was charged with elder abuse, but prosecutors later upgraded to second-degree murder and domestic assault.

On Monday, Suzanne Skrzelewski pleaded guilty to elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter. She could face up to 37 years in prison when she is sentenced Jan. 18.

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