Metro-East News

August 14, 2014

Madison County woman sentenced for abuse of her mother

An Alton woman who pleaded guilty to criminal neglect of her elderly mother will serve more than five years in prison.

Marjorie E. Phillips, 48, had pleaded guilty to one count of criminal neglect of an elderly person, specifically refusing to give sanitary living conditions and medical care to her mother, Marjorie B. Phillips.

The 71-year-old woman was found dead in her home on New Year's Day after her daughter had been gone for about 24 hours. Police said they found the woman among food, dirty dishes, debris and household goods piled throughout the house, and an autopsy showed evidence of neglect.

The Class 2 felony carries a sentence up to 14 years in prison. Phillips' attorney had asked for probation, but Madison County Circuit Judge James Hackett sentenced her to five and a half years in prison.

Phillips had also been charged with failing to give her mother food and abandoning her, causing her death. Her plea was only to the charge of failing to provide sanitary living conditions.

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