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Couple pleads not guilty in deadly neglect case

Mar 25, 2014 -- 11:38am

AP

 

A southwestern Illinois couple has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal neglect in the death of a blind man who authorities say weighed just 60 pounds. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 49-year-old Richard R. Young and 32-year-old Elizabeth Young of Belleville made their first court appearance Monday on the felony charges. A public defender was appointed to them.  The charges allege that as Billy Ray Young's caretakers, the defendants failed to maintain the 52-year-old disabled man's medical, nutritional and hygienic needs.  Billy Ray Young's body was found March 11 in the defendants' home.  Richard Young was Billy Ray Young's brother.  Relatives say the man was blind and mentally and physically impaired.

 

Original story Monday, 3/24 10:21 pm

A Belleview, Illinois couple is accused of criminal neglect of a disabled person in the death of a blind man who authorities say weighed just 60 pounds.  The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors charged 49-year-old Richard R. Young and 32-year-old Elizabeth Young Monday.  The charges allege that as Billy Ray Young's caretakers failed to maintain the 52-year-old disabled man's medical, nutritional and hygienic needs. Billy Ray Young's body was found March 11 in the defendant's home. Relatives say the man was blind and mentally and physically impaired, and that he had been cared for by his mother until she died in 2001. 

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