PRINCEVILLE — Arlis Fuller will never forget the look of panic on her 55-year-old daughter’s face as she lie in bed dying of lung cancer.
“She said, ‘Call the police, call the police,’” Fuller remembered.
Her daughter, Kandice K. “Kandy” Coile, was barely able to move, Fuller said. Her mother discovered her daughter was suffering from huge bed sores that were infected.
Coile was in her Princeville home under the care of her son, according to a redacted investigative report supplied by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Human Services.
The report stated that the son, when asked why Coile had not been turned in bed to prevent the sores, said, “Who cares? She is going to die anyway.”
Shaken, Fuller called the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department and a deputy was sent who asked questions but left Coile in the family member’s care.
During an interview, Fuller said her daughter was not allowed to make telephone calls and had no way of calling for help.
“She was pleading with me to call the police. They took her phone. She couldn’t call out for help,” Fuller said. “They made it just awful when we tried to see her.”
Fuller then called the OIG’s hotline and reported abuse and neglect of her daughter. The call was made March 25, 2011, a Friday.
On March 28, a Monday, the assigned OIG investigator’s case log stated that he received a call from Fuller telling him that her daughter had died at the hospital on Saturday.
The investigator wrote one last sentence in his report stating that because Coile had died, he, “… stopped the assessment process and closed the case without a finding.”