Man Denies Neglecting Brother Who Died

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    TK
    NBCSanDiego

    On Monday, an El Cajon man pleaded not guilty to the abuse and neglect of his disabled brother, who ended up dying in the hospital.

    Christopher Marlow, 26, and his mother, Deborah Marlow, 56, are both accused in the death of 28-year-old Jeremy Marlow in January.

    Jeremy was mentally handicapped and also suffered from cerebral palsy. He was completely dependent upon his family for his care, according to investigators.

    Man Dies After Family Neglect

    [DGO] Man Dies After Family Neglect

    When paramedics arrived at the family's home in El Cajon, the bed Jeremey was lying in was covered in feces, urine and black mold. Doctors said he weighed less than 100 pounds and had open pressure sores all over his body.    

    "The apartment was filthy," Deputy District Attorney Kurt Mechals said on Monday. "It was a deplorable situation in which nobody -- no matter their mental acuity --should have to live through."

    Jeremy's mother and brother were receiving $5,000 a month from the government to take care of him, according to investigators, who said they fled to Georgia soon after he died. The pair were arrested last week after returning to San Diego.
       
    Deborah will be arraigned on Wednesday. If convicted, they could each receive up to seven years in prision.