Couple charged in death of special needs son
WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – A couple in Winchester is in jail, accused of an unspeakable crime: neglecting their special needs son to death.
20-year-old Logan Christy died in December, but the couple has just now been charged. Investigators were waiting on the report from the state medical examiner before moving forward, and that report just recently came in.
Investigators say Patsy Christy, 65, and Albert Christy, 61, are charged with murder. Their son, Logan, who had Down syndrome, died as a result of neglect, according to the medical examiner.
Patsy Christy told sheriff’s deputies she called 911 when she found her son unresponsive. She says she fed him just 13 minutes before, but after investigation, deputies say that isn’t the case.
According to arrest citations, the sheriff’s department was called to the Christy’s home on Schoolhouse Lane, after receiving a complaint of an unresponsive man.
When they arrived, deputies found Logan Christy unconscious.
Investigators searched the home, finding conditions they described as, “unsuitable for anyone to live in.”
They say Logan was also severely malnourished. A medical examiner saying that, despite the mother’s claim, her son had not been given any food.
The medical examiner says Logan died from pneumonia, with complications from malnourishment and neglect.
According to the sheriff, the investigation shows the parents received benefits from the state to help care for their son, until he turned 18. After that, he says they no longer tried to get assistance.
“Apparently he had not had medical care in the last two years,” said Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue. “He was malnourished, dehydrated, and there’s no excuse for it. Even if you don’t have insurance, you can still seek medical care.”
Sheriff Perdue says crimes like this shouldn’t ever happen.
“These cases are… they tear at your heart because there’s no excuse for them,” said Perdue. “Malnutrition, dehydration, proper care… there’s no excuse not to provide that to a child that’s in your care.”
Both suspects are set to be in court Wednesday afternoon at one.