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Ex-nurse allowed mother to die in squalid conditions

image captionHelena Turnbull admitted her care for her mother was not as good as it should have been

A former nurse has admitted causing or allowing her mother's death in squalid conditions at her Merseyside home.

Helena Turnbull, 52, of Wirral, was her 77-year-old mother Maureen's sole carer before she died in December 2009.

Her mother, also a former nurse, died from a severe skin infection, due to lying in her own waste for two weeks, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Ms Turnbull was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

The court heard Mrs Turnbull had only wanted to be looked after by her daughter at her home in Shrewsbury Road in Prenton.

She had not seen a doctor in the seven months before her death.

Ms Turnbull, who also looked after her father before he died, admitted in police interviews the care she had given her mother in her final weeks was not good enough.