Kentucky caregiver charged with manslaughter in mother's death
The Larue County Sheriff's Office will not comment on the nature of the abuse or the injuries received -- but they will say that a woman is dead, and now a 59-year-old suspect is sitting in jail.
LARUE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- With the exception of traffic on nearby Highway 210, there’s not much activity along Borders Curve Loop.
The road outside of Hodgenville, Ky., has just a handful of homes and a couple businesses.
“Everybody knows everybody around here,” described one neighbor, who did not want to be identified.
At the end of the loop is a small, yellow home. Inside is where neighbors say Lovie Skaggs lived with her 79-year-old mother, Ruby Skaggs.
“The two ladies lived there by themselves, and they just lived like hermits,” the neighbor added.
Ruby Skaggs died on May 28.
Two months earlier, LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy says Adult Protective Services contacted his office. Ruby Skaggs had been brought in to Hardin Memorial Hospital in “bad condition.”
“We started an investigation and was able to determine that Ms. Skaggs had been neglected,” Sheriff McCoy said.
This month, a grand jury indicted Lovie Skaggs on charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminal abuse.
The indictment reveals only that Ruby Skaggs was “physically helpless” and the 59-year-old suspect’s actions “caused the death”.
“She was her caretaker. She was the only one who had any contact with her mother,” Sheriff McCoy said. “Her death was caused due to neglect. No physical abuse. It was just neglect, cleanliness, her condition from not having any medical treatment.”
Sheriff McCoy would not elaborate on the injuries that Ruby Skaggs suffered.
One neighbor of the mother and daughter says the two lived a “different lifestyle” and they were not “mentally capable” of caring for anyone.
“She wouldn’t go to the doctor. She wouldn’t take a bath,” described that neighbor. “They were never trained to take care of themselves. It was not a malicious thing. She just didn’t know what to do.”
WDRB News reached out to Skaggs in the LaRue County Detention Center for her side of the story.
Jail staff said she has not really spoken with them and spends most of her time “sleeping”.
Skaggs is expected in court on Monday, Aug. 1.
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