Police are investigating how an Adelaide woman with cerebral palsy was allowed to die in “disgusting and degrading circumstances”, and have declared her death a major crime.
They say Ann-Marie Smith died on April 6 of severe septic shock, multi-organ failure, severe pressure sores, malnutrition and issues connected with her cerebral palsy after being stuck in a cane chair for 24 hours a day in her Kensington Park home for more than a year.
The 54-year-old lived alone in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs and relied on a carer for all of her needs.
Leah MacLennan reports.
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Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive collections including noted Indigenous art, and the South Australian Museum, devoted to natural history. The city’s Adelaide Festival is an annual international arts gathering with spin-offs including fringe and film events.