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Police: Northern Ky Mom's Neglect Led To Death Of Disabled Son

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LUDLOW, KY (FOX19) -A Northern Kentucky mother and grandparents are charged in the death of an 18-year-old with Muscular Dystrophy.

According to FOX 19 in Cincinnati, Joseph Bishop died after a three-month period of severe neglect under the care of his mother, Jamie Bishop, 40, and grandparents Raymond Martin, 67, and Sharon Martin, 65, court documents claim. 

Joseph, who was diagnosed as a child with Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy, was taken to Cincinnati Children's Medical Center with large bed sores on his arms, legs and back Saturday. 

The wounds were so large that his muscles and bones were exposed, according to a Kenton County Criminal Complaint. 

By the time the ambulance arrived at the hospital, Joseph was "already suffering from sepsis so advanced that medical treatment was futile," the complaint states.

Police said Joseph's condition had kept him bedridden for the last two years. His mother and grandparents cared for him at their home on Lake Street in Ludlow. 

The three caretakers "collectively decided to not seek medical assistance for Joseph because they were afraid of getting in trouble for neglect," the criminal complaint states. 

Raymond and Sharon Martin admitted that Joseph hadn't been removed from his bed in months, police say. They also admitted to observing Joseph's bed sores and need for medical attention. 

The neglect resulted in Joseph becoming septic from the infected sores and their failure to seek medical attention ultimately caused his death, police say.

All three suspects are being held in the Kenton County Detention Center charged with second degree manslaughter. 

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