Suspects plead guilty in death of Charleston woman found neglected in home

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/12/18 @ 12:32 p.m.
Three people charged in the severe neglect and death of 88-year-old Norma Dunlap, of Charleston, have pleaded guilty.

Norma Dunlap passed away in May after police found the elderly woman at her home in Charleston, where she was malnourished, had bed sores and her leg was rotting.

The victim's daughter, Lisa Dunlap, was the primary caregiver for her mother. She pleaded guilty Wednesday to neglect of incapacitated adult resulting in death.

Kayla Lea Rogers also pleaded guilty to neglect of incapacitated adult resulting in death.

John W. Rogers pleaded guilty to felony child neglect. Investigators say John and Kayla's young kids were in the home. Police say the kids' bedroom and playroom were filled with broken light bulb glass and a "large quantity" or animal feces.

John's father, Ronnie Boucher, said, "I'm sure he's sorry for whatever conditions or whatever the situation was. Hopefully he will learn by his mistakes and be able to go on through life."

A criminal complaint says Norma was so neglected, she had dried feces on her back, numerous bed sores and was covered with insects when she was admitted to a hospital.

Authorities say her Charleston home was in deplorable condition, with feces on the floors and a methamphetamine smoking device beside a bed where two children slept, among other things.

All three suspects will have dispositions scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 23.


UPDATE 8/9/18 @ 5:10 p.m.
Three people charged in the death of an 88-year-old West Virginia woman found living with a rotting leg have pleaded not guilty.

Lisa Jean Dunlap, John W. Rogers and Kayla Lea Rogers pleaded not guilty Wednesday after Norma Dunlap died May 9. They're charged with neglect of an incapacitated adult causing death and other offenses. Norma is Lisa's mother and Kayla's grandmother.

A criminal complaint says Norma also had dried feces on her back, numerous bed sores and was covered with insects when she was admitted to a hospital. Authorities say her Charleston home was in deplorable condition, with feces on the floors and a methamphetamine smoking device beside a bed where two children slept, among other things.

It's unclear if the accused have lawyers.


UPDATE 5/10/18 @ 3 p.m.
Charleston Police have upgraded Lisa Dunlap's charges to death of an incapacitated adult by a caregiver.

Charleston Police confirmed that the victim Norma Dunlap passed away Wednesday night.

The suspect, Lisa Dunlap, was the primary caregiver for her mother. She was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.


UPDATE 5/9/18 @ 10:02 p.m.
The victim in a case of extreme elder neglect has died.

That is according to Charleston Police who say Norma Dunlap, 88, passed away Wednesday evening.

The charges against her daughter and primary caregiver, Lisa Dunlap, 50, of Charleston, are expected to be upgraded.

Police discovered the neglect when they were called to the hospital Monday about the victim, who they said had obvious signs of severe neglect.

The woman was malnourished, had bed sores and her leg was rotting.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.


UPDATE 5/9/18 @ 1:01 p.m.
The elderly victim in a horrifying case of neglect is in "grave" condition.

That is according to Charleston Police who say the 88-year-old is not expected to survive.

Her daughter and primary caregiver, Lisa Dunlap, 50, of Charleston, is now facing charges.

Police were called to the hospital Monday about an elderly woman with "obvious signs of severe neglect."

The woman was taken to the hospital after being found in her home covered in bugs and dried feces.

Police say the victim also had several bed sores, a skin tear on her arm that was ripped to the muscle, and her leg was "rotting" from her knee down to her ankle.

Investigators say she had a severely bent spine and head, indicating she may have been in one position for an extended period of time.

The victim was also malnourished and incoherent.

Police say the victim's home on Beuhring Avenue was in deplorable conditions with trash and animal feces everywhere.

There was little food in the refrigerator. Officers found partially eaten food with visible mold.

On the woman's bed, police found dried skin, ants, fleas, large stains on a mattress with no bed sheet, and a blanket with what appeared to be dried blood, dried skin, and a swarm of ants.

Police also found two six-year-olds in an upstairs bedroom sleeping.

Investigators say the parents of the children are facing charges.

Police say the kids' bedroom and playroom were filled with broken light bulb glass and a "large quantity" or animal feces.

Also inside the bedroom, officers found trash and drug paraphernalia consistent with devices used to smoke crystal meth.

Kayla Rogers, 29, and John Rogers, 28, are the children's parents, according to Charleston Police.

They are both charged with child neglect creating risk of injury which is a felony.

Lisa Dunlap is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult which is also a felony.

All three suspects are in the Western Regional Jail on $25,000 cash only bonds.

CPS responded and took custody of the kids.

Investigators are monitoring the victim's condition at the hospital to determine if additional criminal charges will be filed.


ORIGINAL STORY 5/9/18
A Kanawha County woman is accused of severely neglecting her mother who she was supposed to be taking care of.

Lisa Dunlap, 50, of Charleston, was arrested and charged Tuesday.

Late Monday night, Charleston Police answered a complaint at CAMC Hospital for elderly abuse.

88-year-old woman was taken to CAMC with "obvious signs of severe neglect."

A social worker told police the woman had "numerous" bed sores, dried feces on her back, was covered in ants and other insects, and her leg was "rotting" from her knee down to her ankle.

Police say the victim's home on Beuhring Avenue was in deplorable conditions with feces and broken glass on the floor. Trash was thrown throughout the home and bugs were on the victim's bed and floor.

Methamphetamine smoking devices were also beside the bed that two six year olds were sleeping in.

There were several people inside the home who were questioned by police, according to court records.

The victim's daughter and primary caregiver, Lisa Dunlap, is charged with abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult.

She's being held on a $25,000 cash only bond at the South Central Regional Jail.

Investigators say the parents of the two six year olds are facing charges.

Kayla Rogers and John Rogers are charged with child neglect creating risk of injury. They are also in the Western Regional Jail on $25,000 cash only bonds.