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Man charged after death of 400-pound wife

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POSTED October 31, 2012 8:53 p.m.

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The husband of a 400-pound Detroit-area woman has been charged with abuse after her recent death.

Authorities are accusing Michael Brooks of ignoring Yolanda Reese-Brooks and allowing her to fester in a bed surrounded by her own waste. The 40-year-old Warren woman died of morbid obesity and other injuries last week.

The prosecutor's office says Brooks was his wife's primary caretaker after she sustained a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder in a 2011 auto wreck. She was extracted from their apartment by an emergency crew wearing protective gear.

Brooks is charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult. Prosecutor Eric Smith says Brooks' conduct was "shameful." Reese-Brooks' four children now are living with a relative.

 

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