Pennsylvania lady charged in mom’s dying after sufferer discovered lined in feces, ulcers

Police arrested a Pennsylvania lady on Tuesday in reference to the dying of her 83-year-old mom, who prosecutors stated was discovered lined in feces and sores a few months earlier than her dying.

Ellyn Gottlieb, 58, of Havertown, is charged with first-degree neglect of a care-dependent individual, first-degree aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, theft by illegal taking and theft by deception. Authorities haven’t made public the identify of Gottlieb’s mom.

Ellyn Gottlieb

Ellyn Gottlieb
(Delaware County District Lawyer’s Workplace)

“This is a tragic case where a mother was inhumanely treated by her daughter, the person entrusted with her care, ultimately resulting in the victim’s death,” Delaware County District Lawyer Katayoun Copeland stated. “Ellyn Gottlieb clearly had no regard for human decency and life, as she stole from her mother and left her to die due to lack of basic care.”

In a press release posted on Fb, Copeland wrote that County of Delaware Companies for the Getting older (COSA) tried to verify on the well-being of the sufferer throughout two visits on Jan. 10 and 11, 2018 however Gottlieb wouldn’t let the representatives in.

Prosecutors stated COSA known as Haverford Police through the second January go to and “after much discussion” Gottlieb allowed police to enter the house.

“The residence had structural damage, water leaks, exhibited signs of hoarding, and the odor of urine and feces emanated throughout the home,” wrote Copeland, who added that when police spoke to the sufferer, she declined medical consideration and confirmed that her daughter was caring for her.


Prosecutors stated Haverford Police and Narberth Ambulance have been known as to the sufferer’s residence six days later, on Jan. 17, for “lifting assistance” after she fell.

“Narberth Ambulance personnel observed hoarding, structural damage, feces, and flies within the home,” Copeland stated.

When the sufferer was transported to the hospital, prosecutors stated she had “caked-on feces on her body as well as significant skin breakdown, including numerous sores and stage four ulcers as a result of being left in the same position for long periods of time.”

The sufferer was additionally very hungry and “had so many wounds and sores that they could not be counted,” in accordance with prosecutors who cited the sufferer’s medical care plan. They added that the sufferer had a “clear history of dementia” and “could not care for or make decisions for herself.”


Investigators say the sufferer was discharged from the hospital on Jan. 26 and admitted to a nursing residence, the place she died on March 12, 2018.

“The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was bacteremia, with probable sepsis due to multiple stage four ulcers and fistula,” Copeland wrote.

The investigation discovered that the sufferer was residing in a nursing residence till September 2017, when Gottlieb eliminated her from the power after officers tried to gather greater than $22,000 in excellent funds.

“As part of the victim’s discharge plan from the nursing home, the victim was scheduled for home services through a home care agency,” Copeland stated. “Ellyn Gottlieb did not follow the discharge care plan recommended for the victim; she failed to follow through with doctor appointments for the victim or home health care services.”

She additionally stated the investigation revealed that Gottlieb had energy of lawyer for the sufferer and was the one individual with entry to her mom’s financial institution accounts. Gottlieb additionally allegedly took her mom’s month-to-month pension and social safety funds that have been deposited into the accounts.


Copeland added that whereas the sufferer was within the nursing residence, greater than $88,000 was spent from her accounts, together with many ATM money withdrawals and QVC purchases. The Delaware County Tax Declare Bureau reported that the sufferer’s residence was listed for Upset Sale in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for non-payment of taxes.

Fox Information’ efforts to achieve Gottlieb’s consultant have been unsuccessful. A lady believed to be Gottlieb’s relative refused to remark.

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