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2 accused of neglecting elderly relative

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Two Dauphin County women are accused of neglecting to care for an 88-year-old relative who was living in filth and suffering from serious injuries, according to prosecutors.

The Dauphin County's District Attorney's Office has charged Kathy Hope, 58, and Elena Mishula, 30, of Middle Paxton Township, with a felony count of neglect of a care-dependent person.

District Attorney Ed Marsico said EMS providers were called to Hope and Mishula's home in the 300 block of Lakewood Drive on Feb. 6 and found the elderly and disoriented woman lying on a concrete carport.

Hope and Mishula refused to let EMS into the home, Marsico said.

The elderly relative was taken to Harrisburg Hospital where doctors discovered she was suffering from hypothermia, sepsis, hypertension, bed sores and other medical conditions, Marsico said.

The woman, who had not been given her medications in months, remains in the hospital, Marsico said.

Authorities said when detectives obtained a search warrant and went into the home, they found it unfit for habitation because it was littered with rotten food, trash, animal excrement and diapers.

Hope and Mishula were released on $5,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing set for April 7.


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