West Yorkshire police worker, Angela Pearson, 'let' mother die

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A civilian police worker allowed her bed-ridden mother to die of malnutrition and infected sores in squalid conditions, a court has heard.

Preston Crown Court was told Eileen Pearson, 82, from Guiseley, was "severely emaciated" when she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary in May 2011.

Her daughter, Angela Pearson, 53, of Ghyll Royd, Guiseley, Leeds, denies manslaughter by gross negligence.

West Yorkshire Police has suspended Ms Pearson from work.

Rachel Smith, prosecuting, said Ms Pearson, her mother's sole carer, had failed to provide adequate care and failed to summon timely medical help.

She said Mrs Pearson's death had been preventable.

'Decaying rubbish'

Ms Pearson, a prosecution team officer at West Yorkshire Police's Leeds Criminal Justice Support Unit, took her dead mother to the hospital's A&E department shortly after 22:30 BST on 10 May last year.

She told staff her mother, who weighed just 5st 7lb (34.9kg), was "unresponsive" but they immediately recognised she was dead, Miss Smith said.

She added: "Mrs Pearson was dirty and severely emaciated and had died as a result of the combined effect of malnutrition, Parkinson's disease and infected pressure sores."

Police were alerted and visited Mrs Pearson's home in Fairway, Guiseley, where Ms Pearson was also living. They found the house was uninhabitable, Ms Smith said.

She told the jury that there was no running water or sanitation and the building was in a "dangerous condition".

"The rooms were piled high with a mixture of discarded possessions, soiled clothes, soiled nappies, food waste, bottles filed with urine, human waste and decaying rubbish.

"There were insect infestations and dead rats in the property," Ms Smith said.

Ms Pearson's trial is expected to continue for up to three weeks.

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