28-year-old Jeremy Marlow has cerebral palsy, and the Sheriff's Department says paramedics found him lying in his own feces, while in the care of his mother and brother, who are now facing charges of neglect.
"We think this family that just let him die," said San Diego Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Varnau. "Filthy, dirty, odoriferous, they were just tolerating that kind of living condition."
One day when Jeremy's brother couldn't wake him up, his brother called 911. He was immediately rushed to Grossmont Hospital, emaciated with sores and multiple infections.
Officials say that doctors said this was the worse case of neglect that they had ever seen.
"When he walked or was brought through the doors of the hospital, there wasn't anything doctors could do to save him," Varnau said. "He lasted 5 days and then expired."
Neighbors at their apartment in El Cajon said they never saw anyone come out. A woman who lives in the complex said you could see someone was inside because the window was open and lights were on.
Jeremy's mother and brother, Deborah and Christopher Marlow, will now face charges of neglect and possibly more serious charges.
"We originally submitted our case to the District Attorney's office, asking them to view this as a potential manslaughter, because of the neglect," Varnau said.
The Sheriff's department says Deborah Marlow received about a $5000 per month in social security money, as well as money from the state and found that none of that was being spent on her son's care.
The Marlows are now in custody. They had fled to Georgia, but returned to San Diego to face charges on Thursday.