A Coon Rapids woman has been arraigned in Anoka County District Court on two charges of criminal neglect, one of them a felony, in the care of her mother, 87, who has since died.
Dawn Lorraine Kulbeik, 54, made her first court appearance Nov. 19 on felony and gross misdemeanor criminal neglect charges.
The felony count accuses Kulbeik of knowing or having reason to know that deprivation would result in substantial or great bodily harm, while the gross misdemeanor charge accuses Kulbeik of intentionally neglecting or knowingly permitting conditions to exist.
Kulbeik was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court Dec. 18.
Coon Rapids police and firefighters responded to an apartment on Jay Street Oct. 8, 2012 on a report of an 87-year-old woman unconscious with a rapid pulse and breathing. She was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
The next day, the county received a maltreatment report about the woman indicating she had pneumonia, dehydration, malnutrition and severe bed sores with some of them bone deep, according to the complaint.
She was also septic as a result of the advanced stages of the bed sores and medical professionals estimated the wounds had been present for over a month. The woman died Oct. 23, 2012, the complaint states.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, which investigated the incident, interviewed family members and learned that four people lived in the two-bedroom apartment with the woman, including Kulbeik, who shared a bedroom with her mother.
In an interview, Kulbeik allegedly admitted she had provided care to her mother for a year or so, but in the past three or four weeks, her mother had not been ambulating much and her eating habits and appetite had declined.
In addition, Kulbeik alleged her mother had recently been vomiting and having diarrhea issues.
She alleged she knew there was a problem with her mother’s decline in health and it was getting too much for her to handle.
But the complaint alleges that Kulbeik was unable to explain why she had not sought medical attention for her mother’s bed sores.
And she acknowledged that two days prior to calling 911, her mother lost consciousness and stopped communicating, according to the complaint.
Executing a search warrant at the apartment, investigators located the mother’s bed and allegedly saw biological fluids on the bedding that had seeped into the mattress, through the box spring and on to the bedroom floor.
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