Deceased teen’s caretakers charged with manslaughter

Jamie Bishop, Ray Martin, & Sharon Martin
Jamie Bishop, Ray Martin, & Sharon Martin (Photos Courtesy: Kenton Co. Detention Center)

LUDLOW, Ky. (AP) – The mother and grandparents of a disabled teenager who died from an infection caused by open bedsores have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports ( 18-year-old Joseph Bishop had been left to “rot” in his bed for months before he was finally taken to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center where he died Feb. 11.

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His mother, 40-year-old Jamie Bishop, and her parents, 67-year-old Raymond Martin and 65-year-old Sharon Martin, are facing five to 10 years in prison. They will be sentenced July 23.

Joseph Bishop had Duchenne muscular dystrophy and used a wheelchair. Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders says the teen had bedsores all over his body, including a bedsore about the size of a dinner plate on his back.

He says Joseph’s death was the result of neglect and selfishness.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,

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